Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce dogs (and cats in cat mills) for sale through pet stores, or directly to consumers through classified ads or the Internet. Roughly 90 percent of puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills. Many retailers who buy animals from such facilities take the wholesaler's word that the animals are happy and healthy without seeing for themselves.
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Dogs with flat faces, such as pugs, Shih Tzus, and French bulldogs, are certainly adorable, but veterinarians in the U.K. advise that buying one may not be a good idea, reports the .
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Counterpoint: Adopting a pet is usually far cheaper than buying from breeders and pet stores, and when you adopt from a rescue, those dogs are often already spayed or neutered. This cuts down on the costs of altering the dogs after they’re acquired and prevents further unwanted pets. About half of the families who buy their dogs do not have their pets spayed or neutered, which can lead to further offspring that can end up being euthanized in shelters. It is estimated that of the 8 million pets who enter shelters every year, 4 million end up euthanized.
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