Real Puppy Mill Stories

I’ve talked about puppy mills a couple of different times, so you all know how I feel about them. They are horrible, awful places and I can’t believe that they still exist. Sadly, the biggest reasons puppy mills still exist is because pet stores all across the country sell puppies. Although pretty much none of them would admit their dogs come from puppy mills, you can bet that they do since most breed clubs prohibit breeders from selling to pet stores.

Although I am one of the lucky ones whose adopted dog originally came from a pet store and doesn’t have serious health issues (he did have to have one expensive surgery a couple months after I adopted him that was most likely due to a genetic defect), I have heard too many stories of others who got dogs that were very sick. I’ve also seen the breeding dogs that lived at these facilities and the serious psychological, emotional and health problems they have. For every healthy dog that comes from these places, there’s likely another dog that’s very sick or damaged in some other way. This should not happen.

This issue is getting a lot of attention this week thanks to a petition going around to close the Strongsville Petland. I shared this post last night after seeing the petition go around Facebook:


Princess Prada

After sharing this post, I received a comment from another woman whose dog from Petland (the Strongsville store) had serious health issues. Meet Samantha:

samanthaFrom her owner: “This is Samantha, a “rescue” from Strongsville Petland, we lost her a month ago to bone cancer. She was bred at a puppy mill in Amish country. She had cataracts at just 2, developed glaucoma and eventually lost both eyes. She had degenerate disk disease, a heart murmur, water on her brain, and allergies, almost all of which were due to inbreeding. Most owners wouldn’t have been able to afford the extensive care she needed. When we first got her they gave us the wrong paperwork. After months of disputing their response was we could return her… Like she was a toy or piece of clothing.”

Of course you never know a dog will be totally healthy no matter where you get him or her from, but when one has that many health issues, it’s definitely not normal.

Another issue many puppy mill dogs face is extreme fear and social issues. Rescue groups take in many of these dogs and have a hard time placing them in homes due to the fact they haven’t been socialized and are usually very fearful of people. Take for instance this cutie, Buttons, who reminds me of my pup Roscoe. Buttons is up for adoption with Central Ohio Pom Rescue. Because of her fear issues, Buttons can only be placed in a certain type of home – a very quiet, peaceful home with no children. Although Buttons will gain more confidence over time because dogs are resilient, it’s a long road for dogs like her. (Find out more info on Buttons here:


There is no reason this should happen. We have to take a stand for the dogs that aren’t given a fair shot at a healthy, happy life.

You can sign the Petland Strongsville petition here:

And find out more about puppy mills and what you can do to help here:

Author: dogsinthecle

The source for what to do with your dog in Cleveland.

3 thoughts on “Real Puppy Mill Stories”

  1. Agree with your sentiment, but you have a “forest/trees” problem here. Your REAL problem is the SUPPLIERS, who by and large in these parts, are the AMISH. Who breeds these animals like cattle, and not family members? Amish. Who circumvents and manipulates
    current law? Amish. Who fights proposed laws such as Goddard’s law? Amish.
    Remember that next time you want to hire cheap labor, get tons of cheese, or go see how these “quaint” people live on a dull Sunday.


    1. I agree. But as long as there’s such a profitable market for their “goods” (because unfortunately that’s all they see them as), they will keep breeding dogs. Pet stores do not need to sell pets. It’s just not working out.


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