The Toledo Humane Society recently took in six dogs, all with something similar: their pasts.
TOLEDO, Ohio — The term “backyard breeders” is commonly used to describe when dogs are bred for pleasure, money, or to create purebred puppies.
Staff from the Toledo Area Humane Society said most of the time dogs used for this type of breeding end up in a shelter. The Humane Society recently took in six of these dogs.
“At the moment we have a number that were recently given to us by operational breeding,” said Abbey Hall, development manager for the Humane Society.
She said their entire lives up until their owner freed them produced “desirable” purebred puppies for their owners to earn money.
“They never knew the love of a home or a family,” Hall said. “So they have very special needs.”
Lucas County Canine Care and Control, or LC4, also sees similar situations on a daily basis.
“Part of our problem with all these dogs is that people don’t have their dogs spayed and they keep breeding, or breeding on purpose,” said Cassie Bloomfield, community outreach coordinator at LC4. .
That’s what backyard farming is all about, she says. A reputable breeder has vaccination records and allows people to meet the parents of the litter.
“Where we run into trouble is when people don’t do these things,” Bloomfield said. “They breed for looks and we get very short, stocky bullies with a lot of health issues, behavioral issues because those can be genetic. We see these dogs that are really struggling to live just because that they were bred because they look cute.”
The reality of backyard breeding and puppy mills is that most older dogs end up at the shelter simply because they are no longer needed.
“So you kind of have to look beyond the breed and say, ‘I really like goldendoodles,’ but they’re not going to be your typical goldendoodles,” Bloomfield said. “It could take years or months of rehab to get them where they need to be. Can they get there? Yes, but the right family has to guide them to get there.”
For those choosing to shop around rather than adopt, Humane Society staff said it’s important to research a breeder.
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