As long as people buy puppies from pet stores, puppy mills will continue. It's basic supply and demand. When people do their homework and purchase their new puppy from a reputable dog breeder, or adopt their new puppy from an animal shelter or rescue group it helps to put puppy mills out of business.
Take a look at this excellent video from Best Friends Animal Society. It's a crash course on puppy mills and the connection to pet stores. And remember:
- Never buy a puppy online or in a pet store or from classified ads
- Adopt your next dog or puppy from a shelter or rescue group.
- Have your dog spayed or neutered.