The term refers to intensive dog breeding facilities that are generally not maintained to ensure the physical and psychological well-being of the pets they look after. Although all breeds – both purebred or mixed-breed dogs – are targeted for puppy mills, trendy or popular breeds like French bulldogs, pugs, Cavoodles and Siberian huskies can be particularly at risk, according to Animals Australia.
Sharing the post and photo of what appears to be a bulldog, Puppy Mill Awareness asked potential owners to avoid purchasing from backyard breeders.
“I want a purebred. I hear it all the time. Well, this is your puppies [sic] mother. Over bred and then dumped at a high kill shelter when she’s no longer useful,” read the original post.
“Your new puppy is worth $1000 and yet no one will adopt her mum for $5.
“This is why backyard breeding should be banned. This gorgeous face with those soulful eyes….. that nobody loved. But she gave her life and her babies for them.
“The ultimate sacrifice to end up alone like this.”
The harrowing photo has been shared nearly 14 thousand times with many in the comments section condemning puppy mills.
“It’s not the breeders, it’s the desired characteristics of certain breeds. It’s CRUEL to develop a breed for traits that make an animal uncomfortable in its own body! Bulldogs are the worst off,” read one comment.
“Horrible I would take her in!! I will never own a purebred only rescues!!” read another.
“10 years ago I rescued a momma from a puppy mill situation. She looked so sick and so sad when we first got her. Now she is so full of life and never leaves my side. She’s an amazing dog,” said another Facebook user.