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Copyright (c) 2010 Villanova University
Villanova Environmental Law Journal

COMMENT: SOMETHING STINKS: THE NEED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION OF PUPPY MILLS

2010

VILLANOVA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL

21 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 159

Author

Melissa Towsey*

Excerpt



I. Introduction: How Much is That Doggy in the Window? 1
 
The overwhelming smell is always the first to hit you. 2 Next it is the sound; twenty-five to forty wire mesh cages, many containing multiple puppies, line the walls of this Conshohocken, Pennsylvania pet store. The cages have drip pans underneath, which are supposed to allow for easy clean up of waste, but the puppies are still covered in their own excrement and urine. When asked about the breeding information for a beautiful, friendly American-Eskimo Keeshond designer mix selling for five hundred dollars, the store employee gives a generalized description of "somewhere in Pennsylvania." 3 Skirting the identification of a puppy's breeder can be a puppy mill warning signal. 4

As you gaze into the sad, dark eyes of any one of these puppies, the strength it takes to turn your back on them is too much for many dog lovers to bear. 5 Those individuals sympathetic to the conditions in these pet store express the overwhelming need to save a dog from these places. 6 Humane societies caution, however, that if you adopt a dog from a pet store that deals with commercial breeders, you must come to terms with the knowledge that saving this puppy creates a spot for another and continues to fuel the puppy mill machine. 7

Improving the conditions for dogs at puppy mills, euphemistically called commercial breeders, requires a multi-faceted attack from several state and federal agencies as well ...
 
 
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