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Reasons the ASPCA Opposes Mill Breeding

Hampton Luzak

Hampton Barringer Luzak, in addition to her work as a restorer of historical houses, works extensively with animal-related charities. Hampton Luzak has rescued dogs from shelters in support of the mission of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

One of the priorities of the ASPCA's dog protection initiatives is the ending of puppy mill breeding practices. To achieve the high volume they do, puppy mills often cut corners regarding breeding practices, healthcare, sanitation, and healthy animal raising activities.
Adult breeding dogs at mills often lack access to typical social opportunities for dogs, and develop traumatic stress responses as a result. They often pace, bark, cower, or shut down. This stress can in turn have an effect on their puppies, which compounds with a lack of effort to screen breeding pairs for inheritable genetic or psychological disorders.
The puppies themselves, meanwhile, often have critical early socialization periods interrupted, leading to long-term behavioral effects. Due to separation from their mothers and littermates and minimal human contact, puppies from mills often end up underdeveloped emotionally and socially and become aggressive, shy, or anxious.

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