Puppy mills--large-scale commercial breeders who sell puppies to pet stores or over the Internet--are a big problem here in the U.S. The breeders aren't very concerned about their dogs' welfare, and the pups and their mamas are often treated inhumanely.
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Puppy mills are also a big problem in other parts of the world--and last week, Scotland and Northern Ireland worked together to stop some pretty serious dog smuggling. Acting on a tip from an undercover officer, Scottish police stopped a car that was headed from Ireland to Scotland with some precious contraband in the trunk. When they opened it up, they found 20 puppies inside.
The pups--all purebred cavalier and cocker spaniels, pugs, Shih Tzus, and Bichon Frises--were between 4 and 6 weeks old (way too young to travel). The authorities sent them back to Ireland under the authority of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA). The following day, authorities caught 10 more pups being smuggled to Scotland the same way.
After sharing the dogs' story on Facebook, ISPCA and Scottish SPCA found families for these cuties in a matter of days. Their lives may have started out rough, but these adorable furballs are going to loving homes in a few weeks, as soon as they are old and strong enough.
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For more cute photos--albeit in happier circumstances--check out these adorable puppies and kittens.
via The Dodo
These 10 (count 'em!) golden retrievers have created quite the mess behind their blockade.