California is about to become the first U.S. state to ban the sale of dogs from puppy mills.
What are puppy mills and why should you care about them?
A puppy mill is a facility where workers breed dogs for the sole purpose of selling a huge number of dogs for the least money.
But most puppy mills have horrendous conditions, and the breeding techniques are sickening. These factors can lead to disastrous results.
In a nutshell, dogs are more likely to have behavioral issues if they were born and raised in puppy mills.
Puppy mills are a major cause of dog bites
Under California’s new law, which will ban the sale of dogs from puppy mills from January 1, 2018, dogs, cats and rabbits will now have to be sold from shelters and animal rescue centers.
The new law makes a lot of sense given the monstrous conditions in puppy mills and the fact that most breeding facilities don’t take proper precautions when breeding dogs.
“Well, now that California has banned puppy mills, it’s all good, right?” you may ask. Not exactly.
Many negative consequences, including behavioral issues such as aggression and fear, caused by these conditions don’t show up until later in life.
That means that dogs raised in puppy mills are more likely to bite people around them. And given the high number of dog owners walking their furry friends off-leash, this leads to dog bites that can cause injuries or even death.
Health and behavioral issues of dogs raised in puppy mills
You never know which dogs were bought from puppy mills and which ones were bred and raised properly. If you happen to walk past a dog that was bought from a puppy mill, there’s always a risk of a dog bite.
Fact: an estimated 4.5 million Americans get bit by dogs every year.
Although Los Angeles made it illegal to walk dogs without a leash several years ago, many dog owners still blatantly disregard the law, putting the lives of passers-by at a higher risk of dog bites.
What are the dangers of puppy mills and can they affect how dangerous a dog will be later in life?
In addition to health problems (dogs bought from puppy mills are more likely to suffer from genetic diseases), dogs born and raised in puppy mills exhibit behavioral issues.
Although the victim of a dog bite can be to blame for having part of his skin (or bone) missing (if the dog was provoked, beaten, in pain or sensed the need to protect its owner), the behavioral issues of dogs raised in puppy mills often cause aggression, fear and result in dog bites.
Do puppy mills really result in dog bites?
Puppies at puppy mills are usually separated from their mother too soon, which causes development and socialization issues that may result in behavioral issues later on.
Dogs raised in puppy mills almost never communicate with people other than their breeders, who are often violent to them, which develops aggression towards people.
Dogs are often kept in small cages with wire floors, which makes it easier to clean up after the dogs at puppy mills. Dogs at puppy mills are also oftentimes deprived of sun, food and water.
It’s no wonder why dogs may develop behavioral issues such as aggression, fear, trembling, anxiety, difficulty to leash train and other issues if born and raised in such deplorable conditions.
We can say from our successful record with dog bites in Los Angeles: proving that the dog was born and raised in a puppy mill is a huge part of the success to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering.