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No one wants to support a puppy mill or some other deplorable operation. However, with professional photos and the right publicity, just about anyone can claim to be a reputable dog breeding establishment. Unfortunately, most of these breeding situations are often not actually healthy or happy for the dogs in question. An investigation by the Monadnock Humane Society uncovered one such unscrupulous breeder in New Hampshire.
Purebred Dogs Living A Life Of Neglect
A New Hampshire dog breeder has been charged with animal neglect after 27 dogs were removed from “deplorable” conditions, according to the Monadnock Humane Society. There were 27 Labrador Retrievers removed from the home. 13 of the dogs were adults and 14 were puppies; seven of the puppies were still nursing. MHS described the conditions in the house as inhumane. Many of the dogs were underweight and tested positive for several parasites.
“Some of these breeders are in very remote areas of the Monadnock region, and it takes eyes to see what’s going on and to have these situations reported,” said Kathleen Collinsworth, executive director of the Monadnock Human Society. . “And unfortunately sometimes it takes too long for that to happen and the dogs multiply.”
Supporting responsible dog breeding
There’s a way to make sure you’re not supporting an inhumane breeder: adopt a pet from a shelter or sanctuary. But, if you have your heart set on buying a particular breed, there are some precautions you should take.
Don’t bring a puppy home without seeing pictures of the puppy’s kennel and/or parents. Ideally, you should be able to see both in person. No veterinary records? Don’t risk bringing the dog home. A responsible breeder also won’t let a puppy go home with new parents until they are eight weeks old. If you suspect animal neglect when visiting a local breeder, promptly contact your local animal control department.