12 responses to The Amish Puppy Mill Controversy
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    Comment on The Amish Puppy Mill Controversy (February 26th, 2008 at 13:18)

    “Baby seals and koala bears, and puppies, usually make out pretty well in that regard. Rats, pigeons, and other less-cuddly creatures, not really.”
    You sound like a rat to me. So I guess you’d better be careful.

    Just a general observation.

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      Comment on Rats have their defenders too! (September 15th, 2013 at 18:40)

      Rats have their defenders too!


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    Comment on The Amish Puppy Mill Controversy (April 5th, 2008 at 06:45)

    Please help stop the breeding of dogs-there are other ways to make money.Shelters have to kill millions of animals to make room for ever more-there are too many dogs in this world who need homes.Be reasonable.God does not want the suffering of his creatures

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      Comment on I totally agree (September 15th, 2013 at 18:39)

      I totally agree

      If the evidence I have seen coming from Amish puppy mills is true, then this is a deplorable “witness” to their Christian faith, and I say that as someone who is a committed, believing Christian, who knows how to read Scripture where Proverbs says, “A righteous man regards the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel” (Proverbs 12:10)

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    Comment on The Amish Puppy Mill Controversy (May 24th, 2009 at 14:57)

    uhm sir, no one has Rat Mill farms tourchrering and selling sick rats to the community. hello!

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      Comment on Actually.... (September 15th, 2013 at 18:42)


      Pet rat rescues are often overwhelmed with the many sick and unsocialized rats being sold by pet stores that people then turn over to rescues when they can’t handle them.




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    Comment on The Amish Puppy Mill Controversy (October 29th, 2010 at 17:26)

    In New York State there were some Amish who put to sleep lots of dogs and puppies (I don’t know how many), that they were raising because they had some diease. It was against the law to put them down the way they did. A friend of mine knows an Amish Bishop, also in New York State, who among being a farmer also raises dogs. The Amish Bishop is upset because he feels some Amish are giving all Amish dog raisers a bad name. He only has four dogs he breeds. He does not have a puppy mill. He goes very careful and above and beyond all the care in laws and regulations and now he can’t sell his puppies because people think all Amish dog raisers are like the one that is in trouble. It has got him and some really honest Amish dog raisers upset.
    in New York

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    Comment on The Amish Puppy Mill Controversy (April 17th, 2011 at 13:57)

    I worked at an animal rescue that would buy dogs and puppies from Amish puppy mills. The only reason that we would buy them is because if we didn’t then they would either be shot or drown. Seeing how I’ve actually been to the puppy mills and rescued the dogs/puppies, I know what the conditions are like. The mills themselves are disgusting, no ventilation, dirty water, barely any food, no medical attention, etc. The long haired dogs always need shaved because they are a giant mat, and every dog/puppy needs to be medicated for numerous intestinal parasites. The Amish even tried to perform home c-sections, of course we would get the dying mothers who were riddled with infection. Have you ever heard of cage legs? Maybe you should go research that seeing how a lot of the puppy mill dogs have that. Also, go research the psychological effects that the mills have on the dogs. 99.9% of the puppy mill dogs/puppies that we rescued were absolutely terrified of people, they didn’t know that petting was good or that treats were good.

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    Christine Lutz
    Comment on Amish puppy mills (June 1st, 2011 at 07:00)

    Amish puppy mills

    This is such a sad subject and I am so sorry some Amish got involved and were not in any way kind, caring or responsible in breeding.

    Like Elizabeth, I too volunteer in rescue – truly, if you saw the horror of some Amish puppy mills you would be shocked, disgusted and saddened.

    We have also adopted seniors from Amish puppymill rescues when they were shut down. My little 4.8 lb 18 yr old Maltese was rescued at 13 yrs, gave birth to 3 puppies a few days later.

    These rescues were beyond matted. My sweet little one is quite typical in that she had no teeth (knocked out by the breeder), a bark that sounds like a duck due to a rod being shoved down her throat to quiet the barking. She had 3 very large mammary tumors removed after rescue.

    This darling has been with us 5 yrs now – she takes valium everyday, otherwise she would live in terror…but she is happy and safe…though she has moments when she will stand very still, hang her head and stare at the floor…if we did not pick her up she would do this for a long time.

    Again, it was shocking & heartbreaking to find and see for myself, that some Amish farmers are among the very worst owners of puppymills.

    Please do not purchase anything, even food or a toy, from a pet shop that sells puppies. No matter what they may tell you, these puppies come from Mills. No reputable breeder would ever allow their pups to be sold in a shop.

    Many blessings,

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      Comment on VERY MOVING (October 2nd, 2012 at 18:58)


      It was very moving to read your descriptions of your Maltese girl. Long after I’d left this page and gone on to other stuff, the images stayed in my head.

      Are you on Facebook?

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    Comment on Amish puppy mill (November 8th, 2015 at 18:35)

    Amish puppy mill

    I have a Boston who came from an Amish puppy mill in Wisconsin when he was 6 months old. Hes now 10. He still has fears common to mill dogs. He’s fearful of going through doorways, and will sit outside staring at the door like he’s seeing a ghost. He is. Puppy mills will slam a dogs head in the door to deter them from running away. He’s afraid of hoses and will keep his distance if it’s just lying in the yard. He cowers in the corner if I’m using the hose to water the garden. Puppy mills don’t bother taking dogs out of the kennels to hose them out. He’s been with me 8 months, and just recently I’ve found he’s fearful of brooms, fly swatters and leaf rakes. I can only guess that they were used to hit him. People need to stop buying from mills and pet stores. Its the only way to stop this abuse.

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    Comment on Puppy Mill (March 23rd, 2018 at 12:53)

    Puppy Mill

    I was hoping this was just fiction, like in this book. https://www.amazon.com/Puppy-Mill-Murder-Amish-Tale/dp/1543033318/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521827507&sr=8-1&keywords=puppy+mill+murder

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