PUPPY MILLS INDEX
The most complete and authoritative documentation on AKC and puppy mills, re-defined as High Volume Breeders because millers are of more $$$ value than hobby breeders who register fewer litters.
The American Kennel Club says it needs puppy mills to survive. That has always been true but secret until TheDogPress revealed the facts in 2009.
So when we broke the story, what did AKC do? Thinking the dog fancy wouldn't notice or care (wrong!) the American Kennel Club re-defined puppy mills as "high volume breeders" (HVB) and tasked Patti Strand with selling that nicer term.
Why would any business betray what it claims as its Core Constituency? Because puppy mills are of more financial value than “responsible breeders” who breed fewer litters and produce less income for AKC.
"Responsible Breeder" is a term "trademarked" by TheDogPlace.org in 1998. The term was subsequently appropriated by the American Kennel Club and will no longer be used in the NetPlaces Network. Why? Because what was once called a "puppy mill" can today claim the AKC title of responsible breeder and AKC Breeder Of Merit.
Hobby Breeder is therefore by definition, the opposite of commercial breeders who mass produce puppies "responsibly" or otherwise. A hobby breeder studies canine health, genetics, and reproduction and competes in dog shows, obedience, field, or performance events.
Before AKC betrayed its avowed "core constituency" by stating that commercial breeders were needed to satisfy demand, hobby breeders met 95% of the demand for purebred dogs.
Before AKC abandoned hobby breeders, people bought from local puppy breeders and owning a "registered" purebred dog was a mark of distinction.
Now "High Volume Breeders" supply nearly 90% of purebred puppies, aided by AKC's "Petland Deal" which opened an international market for purebred pet shop puppies.
Important background: When the United Kennel Club (UKC) pioneered the use of DNA to verify parentage, AKC was forced to offer DNA testing. The Puppy Mills took serious exception to pedigree verification and formed their own registries.
"Registered" was synonymous with pure bred and the pet shops had them... So to win back the bulk of its registration income, AKC offered secret deals and inducements to puppy mills, from reduced fees to free Federal Express service, to (bulk) registering dogs of questionable parentage and finally, the Petland Contract. AKC ignored the outrage from hobby breeders and to further lock down the puppy mill market, the American Kennel Club developed the PRIME software program for pet shops. (see below)
Originally founded in 1884 for the betterment of pure bred dogs, the American Kennel Club changed its focus to "all about the money" and open disregard for hobby breeders. As TheDogPress continued to expose egregious violations of the American Kennel Club's Mission Statement, the AKC solution was predictable. The AKC board changed the Mission Statement.
First, the instant legal definition of ii Puppy Mill, an oft-used term.
1990 AKC Enterprises the new direction a powerful, wealthy company takes.
2000 Puppy Mills - AKC's Best Product? They make big money for AKC, not hobby breeders.
2001 Legal Puppy Mill Weapon Judge Baxter's simple plan might still work today.
2001 AKC-Hunte Meeting! the worlds biggest registry and the world's biggest puppy mill finally shake hands publically.
2002 THE REINWALD REPORT reveals the truth about Puppy Mill Power in Missouri and
2002 AKC's High Volume Breeders Committee exclusive interview with chairperson Patti Strand
2002 "Lets Support The Puppy Mills" All-Breed Judge applauds the AKC/Hunte Alliance.
2002 Puppy Protection Act Defeated by Patti Strand, HVBC chair. Read with open eyes.
2002 Hobby vs Commercial Breeders, it's a knockout punch!
2005 AKC's History & Future a synopsis of how the sport - and dog farming, i.e. Puppy Mills developed.
2006 AKC Buys PAWS? Donates $29,000 To Rick Santorum in one trip.
2006 AKC's Inducement Letter To Puppy Mills If only you were a puppy mill - What a deal!
2006 Hunte & Hunt TheDogPress publishes State documents revealing trucking partnership.
2006 Hunte Truck Fire Kills 60 puppies locked in cages, on the way to New England pet shops.
2006 AKC's Petland Contract defended by Connie Vanacore who provides interesting statistics...
2007 Argument For Puppy Mills AKC says Puppy Mills perform public service.
2008 Update On AKC-Hunte Puppy Mill Deal Investigator McNeal's report isn't pretty.
2008 AKC Silent on Registering Unregistered Dogs A "new service" blocks breeders from genetic research.
2008 AKC's Register Anything Puppy Mill as it ignores foundation to favor its biggest customer.
2008 USDA Definition Of Animal Dealer Excludes Puppy Mills. Why AKC flobbied for PAWS.
2008 Open Letter To AKC Breeder-Judge refutes CEO's justification for AKC's puppy mill support.
2008 AKC-Petland Deal Outrage Delegates, Judges & Breeder letters to TheDogPress force retreat.
2009 PRIME! First peek at AKC’S Secret Pet Shop Software to facilitate point of sale registrations.
2009 AKC's PRIME Software more on software developed for pet shops and puppy mills.
2009 Another Puppy Mill Letter from AKC HVB get special services, reduced rates, from "the new AKC."
2009 Presidential Salaries and princely perks reveal profits in pushing puppy mill produce!
2011 Hunt Trucking No relation to Andrew Hunte, of the infamous Hunte Puppy Mill;
2011 Backbone Gone? This drew outrage and record reprint requests.
2011 AKC Branding Purebred Dogs sends people to the shelter to adopt instead of buying a purebred.
2012 to Current IRS chart of Directors' Salaries And Perks.
2014 read about puppy mill auction dog No. 18 and understand why this section is important.
2015 this list was getting so long we compiled information in two separate indexes!