Is My Puppy From A Puppy Mill?
We've all heard of the ill practices of puppy mills in Singapore. These profit-driven breeding facilities have been outed for their poor conditions and cruel practices towards their breeding dogs. According to a commentary by Dr Siew Tuck Wah, president of Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD), almost every puppy sold in Singapore comes from a puppy mill. Most puppy mills can be found in Pasir Ris Farmway, Kranji or Lim Chu Kang – areas on the outskirt that are mostly hidden from the public eye. If you recently got a puppy or own a dog which you purchased from a pet shop, you may be wondering if it came from a puppy mill. Here's how you can tell. 1. No visiting: If you are not allowed to meet the parents of the puppy or visit the kennel, it is highly likely that your pup came from the mill. Reputable breeders will allow or even encourage buyers to see the parents of the puppy and visit the kennel. Such a visit allows you to evaluate the health of the parents and the conditions they live in.
2. Several breeds: If you find a breeder or shop offering more than three different breeds (or their mixes), it probably works with a puppy mill, if it isn't one itself. Reputable breeders usually focus on one or two breeds.
3. No veterinary record: To save money, puppy mills often sell unvaccinated puppies with no veterinary record. Always ask if the parents and puppies are vaccinated, and find out if you can get hold of the breeder's veterinary record.