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We interview Colorado Citizens For Canine Welfare (3CW) and get to the bottom of why puppy mills are so terrible . . . and what can be done about it.

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Guests

Pam Dickerson, President and Cheryl Saipe, Treasurer: Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare (3CW)

Hosts

Mark Drucker and Drew Webster

Producer and Editor

John LaSala

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ABOUT 3CW

Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare (3CW) is dedicated to the idea that dogs are lifelong companions who deserve love, respect, and concern for their health and welfare. 3CW supports the efforts of responsible dog breeders , dog-rescue groups, and animal shelters  by serving as a “Find a Dog” resource for people who want to offer a good home to a puppy or adult dog.Their goal is to see every dog in his or her rightful place in this world—in our homes and in our hearts.

3CW operates with an all-volunteer staff, and 100% of donations are used to support their public education and public policy efforts.

SUMMARY

The conversation in this episode delves into the cruelty of puppy mills, the impact these mills have on dogs, and how to avoid supporting the puppy mill industry. It also explores the work of Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare (3CW) and their efforts to educate the public about this serious issue.

Pam Dickerson and Cheryl Saipe from 3CW describe the bleak, often filthy, and sometimes dangerous conditions in puppy mills, the ongoing trauma experienced by parent dogs, and the importance of ethical breeding practices. A portion of the conversation focuses on education, advocacy, and awareness, both nationally and state-by-state. The guests provide insights into the work being done in Colorado and the need for national action to address the issue. They also discuss the common health issues in dogs from puppy mills and the importance of responsible breeding practices. Bottom line: Puppy mills are bad for dogs.

CHAPTERS

00:00 Introduction to the Cruelty of Puppy Mills

03:45 Advocacy for Dog Welfare and Ethical Breeding Practices

10:38 Understanding Puppy Mills and How to Avoid Supporting Them

38:41 Combatting Puppy Mills: Advocacy and Education

43:51 The Impact of Puppy Mills on Dog Health

51:24 Common Health Issues in Dogs from Puppy Mills

59:36 Promoting Responsible Breeding Practices

LINKS

3CW– Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare

CHIC – Canine Health Information Center

AKC – American Kennel Club

The Humane Society of The United States , THE HORRIBLE HUNDRED

Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA)

Their Incredible Journey, by Steve Duno on lovedog.com

The Functional Dog Collaborative

Goldies Act

National Mill Dog Rescue, Peyton, CO

Bailing out Benji

USDA – List of Active dog breeders and dealers

National Parent Club

BREEDING FOR HEALTH

The consumer deserves to be able to purchase a puppy that has been bred for long life and health. Puppies sold through pet stores come from commercial breeders who DO NOT BREED FOR LONGEVITY AND HEALTH. We know this with 100% certainty. 

You may wonder how a person could possibly know if a puppy for sale had been bred for longevity and health. Below are some things that responsible, preservation breeders do that COMMERCIAL BREEDERS DO NOT DO.

1. Prior to breeding, both the sire and the dam have ALL the known breed-specific health tests (in accordance with the AKC parent breed club).

2. Those health test results are used by both the breeder and the buyer. Those results are registered in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database and are accessible to the public. 

·  All responsible breeders conduct the breed-specific health tests and register the results on the CHIC site.  

·   No commercial breeders, AKA puppy mills, are known to have registered in CHIC the results of a single pair of dogs designated for breeding. Interpret that the health tests were not conducted at all. 

·  With simply the AKC registration numbers or the complete names of the parent dogs, the above information is verifiable at https://ofa.org/chic-programs/

3. Follow-up with puppy buyers over the life of the dog – Responsible breeders stay in contact with their puppy buyers and gather health information over the life of the dog. In addition to the breed-specific health tests, breeders use discoveries/information from follow-up contact with the buyers to fold back into their breeding program to improve their selections in order to produce the best puppies possible destined for longevity and health.

Since commercial breeders do not even know who is buying their puppies, they have no way to track the health of the puppy/dog over its lifetime to take advantage of new information on their “off-spring”. 

From a consumer protection standpoint, it takes regulation and laws to prevent the public from being hoodwinked by a pet store owner who falsely claims that they buy puppies for resale from only good, responsible breeders. 

All it takes to discover this transgression in breeding for health (or lack thereof) is to look up the AKC registration numbers of the parent dogs on the CHIC database. If there is no listing for the parent dogs, the breeder did not do the breed-specific health tests and register the results appropriately. 

The public and the puppies pay the ultimate price for poor breeding. The consumer deserves better than this. 

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