What is a Puppy Mill?  It is a generally a commercial sub standard breeding facility where their breeding programs are not concerned about treatment. In many cases mental healths issues may be present.  Puppies for  profit is the goal, with little regard for the welfare or quality of life of the breeding animals.  They are discarded when they become too sick or can no longer produce puppies.

Retail Rescuers calling themselves rescues are now heavily involved in irresponsible practices of puppies for profit also. We have some of the best rescues in Colorado but we also have puppy flippers, buyer beware. Check their records with PACFA before purchasing.

Pet Stores should be researched prior to purchasing a puppy.

 Educate yourself about where their puppies are coming from.  

What are the current laws?

Animal Welfare Act - 1966 - The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 and is the only federal law that regulates the treatment of animals in commercial and scientific endeavors and provides the minimum coverage allowed.

 However, it does not specifically mention any detailed protections for the animals. 

The Act gives authority to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS); an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to inspect facilities.