Although the article below 'The Price of Popularity' was written about America the same problems apply here only on a lesser scale.
Why should you not buy from commercial breeders.
1. These breeders are more concerned with the sale that they are with good pedigrees. They tend to buy and sell breeding stock to each other since no responsible breeder would
allow then to have one. This means that health issues are not their priority. Imported stock does not neccessarily mean good , healthy stock. Some import because it is their only meams of obtaining IGs.
2. They are charging exorbitant prices.
3.They do not care whether or not you area suitable home. It pays to have good contact with IGs before you decide this is the breed for you.
Because Italian Greyhounds are in short supply we now have commercial breeders. Please note that commercial breeders often appear bona fide.Even though the pups may be well reared and in the house, it does not mean they are not
being bred for purely commercial reasons. Many of these breeders appear to be caring but there are precautions that you can take to prevent being hoodwinked.
1. If the puppies cannot be K.C. ( Kennel Club ) registered, forget them.
2. If they can be, check with the K.C. how many litters/puppies the breeder has registered in the past, especially the past few
3. Never ever be tempted by puppies advertised on the internet.
4. Be patient and wait for the right puppy from the right breeder.
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'Guide to Buying a Puppy'
THE PRICE OF POPULARITY
So, which breed of dog is most commonly bred by puppy millers? According to Baker, the answer changes with the trends. “If there’s a TV show or a movie that features a certain breed, then
that’s the breed you’ll see in the puppy mills. A few months later, when another breed becomes that season’s hot, ‘must-have’ dog, puppy mill owners will simply get rid of those unlucky enough to have fallen out of public favor.
Sometimes they will be shot, and sometimes simply starved to death.”
In February 2008, Baker experienced this situation firsthand during an undercover investigation of a puppy mill in Quarryville, PA. “I
asked if the owner had any dogs for sale. He said, ‘Yeah, I’m stuck with these Italian greyhounds that aren’t selling anymore.’ I went out into his bitterly cold cow barn and found an Italian greyhound who was about to give birth. He
was intentionally starving her to death; she was skin and bones. I got her out of there and took her to Main Line Animal Rescue
—the vet who treated her said that she wouldn’t have survived another 12 hours at the mill. It’s a classic puppy mill story: ‘This dog isn’t selling, so why should I feed it?’ To them,
these animals are nothing more than products.”
The greyhound, now named Cecilia, gave birth to a litter of seven. The puppies were so sick at birth that they needed to be resuscitated; only four survived.
Cecilia spent the next two weeks on an IV drip for emaciation and dehydration.
Due largely to the ASPCA’s efforts, the puppy mill owner was charged with cruelty, to which he pled guilty.
However, in a stunning judicial decision, he was fined just $35 for operating a kennel without a state license—a license that he had surrendered earlier in order to avoid inspections by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Dog Law.
There is good news, though! Cecilia and all four of her puppies have been nursed to health and adopted into loving homes. Check out the before and after pictures below to see the little Italian greyhound’s amazing transformation.