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Animal welfare groups work to save animals in puppy mills

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is working to fight the holiday rush to pet stores this season in an effort to save animals that are bred in puppy mills, The Huffington Post reports.

Because the holidays tend to be a time when pet stores have a large volume of puppies, the organization is choosing to take aim at the retail chains now in order to increase awareness about the puppy trade.

Many pet stores that sell puppies get them from large-scale breeders referred to as puppy mills, the ASPCA reports. At these types of facilities, profit takes precedent over animal welfare, and as a result, the dogs are often kept in unsanitary conditions without proper veterinary care, socialization, food and water. The puppies born in these facilities often suffer from a number of diseases and conditions.

The ASPCA is urging supporters to pledge not to buy anything from a pet store if it also sells puppies, the news source reports.

"We are not just saying 'Don't buy a puppy,' but 'Don't buy anything in a pet store that sells puppies,'" Cori Menkin, senior director of the ASPCA's anti-puppy mills campaign, told the news outlet. "If pet stores are not able to turn a profit, they will stop selling puppies."
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