CHICAGO (CBS) — A local group that’s been working to put puppy mills out of business applauds a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to impose restrictions on breeders who sell dogs on the Internet.
“This is fantastic,” says Cari Meyers, the president and founder of “The Puppy Mill Project,” based in Chicago.READ MORE: Student And Staff Data From Area School District Were Dumped On The Dark Web, And Parents And Staffers Had No Clue
Her group has been lobbying hard for regulations like the ones announced on Tuesday because of the explosion of unscrupulous, online pet breeders, many of whom operate so-called puppy mills, where dogs are raised in substandard, unhealthy and abusive conditions.
“These people will put a picture of a darling puppy on the internet, however you don’t know if you’re going to get the same puppy. You know more about a car when you buy a car.”