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The Accidental Consequence of Cracking Down on Puppy Mills...

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A much-needed crackdown on U.S. businesses like puppy mills that breed pets purely for profit and without regard for the health and well-being of the animals, is having an unintended consequence.

Another often unscrupulous business, the importation of puppies from countries with fewer breeding restrictions, is stepping in to answer U.S. consumer demand for purebred and cross-bred puppies.

To make matters worse, there’s no effective system in place in this country to track how many dogs are imported, their true age and health status, where they come from, where they end up, and whether underage puppies ever receive the vaccinations they require in their first year of life.

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