|Puppy mills are are dog breeding operations that are focused on profits, without consideration of the animals welfare or regard to pet overpopulation. Dogs are kept in over-crowded and unsanitary cages without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization.
Puppy mills cages are small, with chicken wire floors, stacked in rows from floor to ceiling (waste falls on the unfortunate animals below), many dogs spend their entire lives within these tiny cages. Breeding mothers are bred every time they are in heat, gradually eroding the dogs health with successive litter. Dogs are killed when they can no longer reproduce. Many of these dogs are sold on the internet or by pet stores to buyers who are unaware of the dogs’ backgrounds.
North Carolina currently has no requires for licensing or inspections of dog breeder facilities.