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The Doggie in the Window It is Saturday afternoon, and you're walking down main street doing a little window shopping, if you encounter a pet store. As you peer into the window, you see a cute and cuddly pup just sitting there staring at you, pleading with you to buy him. So you think, "Why not, we may use a new member of the household, and that is a great surprise." Buzzzzz! Wrong Answer! The problem with pet shops, is that most of them get their dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills are commercial mass-breeding centers, situated mostly in the Midwest, which churn out litters of puppies to sell to pet shops. The adorable puppy that you see sitting at the window, is most probably the next item of a puppy mill. Puppy mills are notorious for their own cramped, primitive, and filthy conditions and their continuous breeding of unhealthy and hard-to-socialize animals. It is a known fact that pet stores keep puppy mills in business. The great majority of dogs sold in pet shops, around half a million annually, are raised in puppy mills. Puppy mill kennels generally include small wood and wire-mesh pliers, or even empty crates or trailer cabs. "All dogs have been stored outside, and also the females dogs have been bred continuously, with no rest between heat cycles. The mothers and their litters frequently suffer from malnutrition, exposure, and lack of adequate medical care. The continuous breeding takes its own toll over the females; they're murdered at about age six or seven when their bodies give out, and they no more can create enough litters" (Ahrens 1). The caretakers of the dogs don't have any feeling or compassion towards the dogs at all. They are just a business to them, and might care less about their suffering. The mother dogs and "studs" s.. .