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Spread the Word: September Is Puppy Mill Awareness Month

In 2003 -- the year before Facebook got its start, and two years ahead of the launch of Twitter -- a group called Puppy Mill Awareness launched a website, designating one day in September "Awareness Day" and hosting regular events to educate people about the horrors that routinely take place at puppy mills. The site…

Evidence shows that puppies purchased from pet stores are more likely to display behavioral problems later in life, according to a groundbreaking University of Pennsylvania study. Frank McMillan, director of well-being studies at the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah and a co-author of the paper, told the Penn Current that he was curious about behavioral problems in pet-store puppies after a similar study two years ago that focused on puppies from commercial breeding facilities. Most puppies in pet stores are from these puppy mills. McMillan said the results of the study are grim. "The problems span so many different types of behaviors, and the differences are rather extreme for some of...

Amish Country's Dark Puppy Mill Secret

If I'd had my cell phone with me on a recent trip through a picturesque Amish countryside, I would have snapped a photo of the sign scrawled with those very words in front of a seemingly charming house. The first rule of journalism is to always be prepared with a camera. However, I didn't need a camera to forever embed the sign - and its ultimately dark message - in my memory. Seeing that sign on a recent trip to Lancaster, PA, left me with a different feeling than I'd gotten on previous trips in the region. Since my previous visits I've learned that this agrarian community is home to a deep dark secret: The area is known for its dog factories, puppy mills, torture houses - call them what...

Getty Images Meet Mary Burch, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen director and Paw Nation's expert columnist addressing your questions on animal behavior. Dr. Burch has more than 25 years of experience working with dogs, and she is one of fewer than 50 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists based in the United States. She is the author of 10 books, including the new official book on the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program, "Citizen Canine: 10 Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know." Dear Mary, Recently we adopted a 5-year-old male Yorkie from a local animal rescue foundation. He was a stud dog at a puppy mill and was not socialized at all. We adopted him to be my daughter's...

Getty Iams Issues Voluntary Cat Food Recall Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food is being recalled due to low levels of thiamine. The recall includes all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans with a "best if used by" date between September 2011 and June 2012. According to Iams, "early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible." Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs or if you are concerned about...

JadeXJustice, Flickr Is your mixed-breed a mistake of monumental proportions, or the crowning achievement of thousands of years of thoughtful selective breeding? Despite millions of labradoodle owners across the planet who are convinced their pups are the greatest thing since sliced bread, the man credited with pioneering the breed has massive regrets about his involvement in the "oodle" craze. "I don't regret the dog, not for the purpose I bred it for," Wally Conron tells Paw Nation, "I regret all the people who got on the bandwagon willy-nilly. People who are breeding poodle crosses for the money, who have no concern for parentage." How was Conron to know that by crossing one of his...