Inhumane Breeding


Profits Over Welfare

Inhumane breeding facilities prioritize low overhead costs and high profits over the care and welfare of dogs. Strategies for minimizing overhead may include depriving the animal of adequate veterinary care, grooming, exercise, attention, and proper housing.

Any facility that mistreats animals in this way—whether it houses a single breeding dog or hundreds, whether it is a United States Department of Agriculture-licensed commercial breeding facility or an unlicensed breeder—is inhumane.  

Not all breeders are bad

Dogs can be bred in humane conditions and there are ethical breeders in the market who play a critical role in safeguarding animal welfare. Life of Riley avoids the term “puppy mill” because many humane breeders feel that it has been used to paint them all with the same (negative) brush. It also brings to mind a large-scale puppy “factory.” But not all inhumane breeding facilities are large-scale; some may only have four or five breeding dogs.

Reporting inhumane breeding:

  •  If you see individuals or businesses conducting regulated activities without a USDA license or registration, or if you see regulated animals in need of proper care, you can notify the USDA by filing an Animal Welfare Complaint.
  •  The Humane Society of the United States also has an online form to report inhumane breeding facilities.