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Puppy farms are large-scale breeding premises. The aim of puppy farms is to make money, no matter the cost to the dogs, who are kept in cramped and cruel conditions. The puppies are sold through pet shops, Internet and newspaper ads.
Puppy farms in the UK have been found to have as many as 150 breeding dogs, most kept locked inside 24 hours a day, often in complete darkness. They are usually located on farms in barns, disused chicken houses garages or any disused outbuilding. The dogs are forced to eat, sleep and give birth in the same area they urinate and defecate; something they would never do given the choice.
Dogs on puppy farms are often neglected; matted coats, infected eyes and ears and rotten teeth are just a few of the painful conditions the dog suffer. When breeding dogs become too old and exhausted to continue producing puppies they are killed or discarded. The puppies also often have behavioural and psychological problems, such as aggression and fearfulness, because they are not exposed to the outside world.