A sad story out of Virginia:  an Amish-owned puppy breeding facility has burned down, with dozens of adults and pups dying in the early-morning blaze.

The owner has claimed that his facility was well-run, humane, and that dogs were shown proper care, though the setup apparently violated a local zoning ordinance.
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Some feel that the facilities could have been better run, however.  In this article (no longer online) at wythenews.com, critics claim the place was overcrowded and should have had a sprinkler system.

Others have come out strongly recently against the whole idea of what have been termed ‘puppy mills’.

The Amish have been accused of treating dogs just as they would any other livestock, to be bred, raised and sold.

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