The following excerpt was copied from http://www.nextdaypets.com/directory/dogs/43d2ffd8-ac81.aspx
Included (which I wasn't able to copy), were darling pictures of Cotons. This is what a puppy mill looks like:
Is this your puppie's mommy?
From: MainLineRescue@ aol.com
Hey folks, this dog came to us with AKC papers!
We don't know how old he is. We just know that he spent his whole life
in a Commercial Breeding facility in Lancaster County, fully licensed by
the state of PA. We know that this breeder was inspected three times in
the last year and a half. No violations. How could a warden walk by
this dog three times and not issue a vet check? He is suffering from
malnutrition,dehydration, ulcers in both eyes (permanent damage),
mange,infections in both ears, and what's left of his teeth will need to
be pulled if and when he is strong enough. He had numerous
parasites and is being treated for a very contagious organism that's
attacking his intestinal tract. The Vet Hospital who is now treating him
tell me he is one of the sweetest dogs they have ever met. Can anyone
tell me why this is allowed to continue? Look at his spine. It will cost us
thousands of dollars but we'll get him well and find him a home. I hope
and pray that things will change soon .Main Line Animal Rescue
Before you consider the purchase of a "Coton" puppy for $600, $800, $1200, or even $1800 or more from a pet store,
commercial kennel, a large scale breeder, or a broker who offers you a puppy "imported from Eastern Europe with
championship bloodlines", read the following very important messages from http://www.prisonersofgreed.org
For further links and information visit the UCARE (United Coton de Tulear Association for Rescue and Education)
web site at www.cotonrescue.us and talk to the people who see firsthand the condition and care of Cotons and
other breeds in the puppymills. These puppymills, also called "large volume breeders", are the source of pet store
dogs. The dogs are shipped across the country in large trucks stacked to the ceiling with crates containing puppies.
Sometimes these puppies are torn away from their mothers before they are weaned. The puppies that survive are
cleaned up to make them presentable in the pet stores.
You can make a difference! The puppymills feed the pet stores. No reputable breeder ever places puppies in a pet
store to be sold to someone they haven't carefully interviewed. If the pet stores in your home town sell puppies,
kittens and other live animals, don't shop at that pet store and let the owner know why. Write to your local
newspaper, find other concerned people through your local humane society, picket the pet store and find other
ways to let them know their business will improve if they stop selling puppies. This is being doing all over the
country. Counties like Santa Cruz and Santa Clara in California have convinced pet stores, including chains like Pet
Smart, that it is not smart to sell puppies. If the pet stores stop selling puppies, the puppymillers will go out of
business. Pet stores are their major outlet.
Back Yard Breeders
Don't be fooled by fancy or beautiful web sites. It's easy to put the words "raised in the home with children" and
other flowery phrases on the web site. It's easy to put beautiful pictures of children with dogs on a web site and to
say "champion bloodlines". Get to thoroughly know the breeder and seek independent references before buying a
puppy. Take a look at the web site www.cotonville.com. It's the web site of an independent (not club supported)
breeder in Maryland. She has sold Cotons for many years. Recently a dead dog was discovered in her front yard.
The following is a press release from the Montgomery County Humane Society dated January 13, 2006
Public Service Announcement from the
Montgomery County Humane Society
For Immediate Release: January 13, 2006
Media Contact: Ashley Owen (240-770-5968),
Director of Humane Education and Public Relations
Main Shelter Information: 240-773-5960