Amish Puppy Mills
The Amish have puppy mills?
Yes, it is a well-known fact that almost every Amish community has dog farms. Some Amish communities focus on dog breeding while others have puppy farms scattered within them. Simply put, dogs are considered livestock and just another source of lucrative income for the Amish.
Where are the Amish puppy mills located?
Any state that has an Amish community will have Amish puppy mills. Lancaster County PA is home to the largest amount of Amish puppy mills, followed by Holmes County, Ohio, Shipshewana and Davies County, Indiana and more. Southern Illinois and many other states have Amish puppy mills scattered throughout them. Collectively these “breeders” house thousands and thousands of imprisoned breeding dogs.
How do the Amish treat the breeding dogs?
Because dogs are considered livestock, they are treated the same way as any other livestock animal being raised on the property. They usually house them in barns that are outfitted for large (hundreds) or small (twenty) scale dog breeding. They are stuffed in fifthly, overcrowded, stacked cages. The cages legally have to be six inches larger than the dogs. The dogs spend their lives in these cages. Their only purpose is to produce puppies. They are force bred at every heat cycle. They receive little to no vet care as vet care costs money and takes away from profit. They are denied the basic physical and mental care needed to be a normal dog. Many shut down emotionally and are living and breeding with painful conditions.
How do the Amish sell their puppies?
There are many ways the Amish sell puppies. If they are selling puppies to pet stores, they use a puppy broker. A puppy broker will visit the facility about once a week to buy puppies ready to be marketed to consumers via pet stores. The puppy broker takes the puppies to a distribution center for final processing and further distribution to pet stores across the country. The Amish also sell their puppies directly to the public through their own websites or online puppy broker websites such as Puppyfind.com, Lancasterpuppies.com, Dogsnow.com NextDayPets.com and many others. They may also use online classified ads such as Craigslist, EBay Classifieds or flea markets.
What happens to the breeding dogs after they are used up?
Once a breeding stock dog is no longer producing a profitable litter for the puppy mill, they are usually killed. Some are taken to dog auctions and sold in “as is” condition to other puppy farmers hoping to get another litter out of them. Very few are rescued. Some are sold online as retired breeders via well-known online puppy broker websites such as Puppyfind.com, Lancasterpuppies.com, Dogsnow.com NextDayPets.com and many others .
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Inside footage of an unlicensed Amish puppy mill in Ohio (WARNING: Graphic)
More footage of an Amish puppy mill in Ohio (WARNING: Graphic)