I'm glad that this particular puppy found a home, but the problem is that when we buy from Craigslist and the like it just perpetuates the problem. If no one bought these dogs, it would cease to be profitable and the disreputable breeders would fade away. It frustrates me that so many people do not get this! Don't get me wrong, I know that the intention is good -- to save a poor adorable needy dog or puppy, but again, it just perpetuates the problem. I think the best way to avoid this is to NOT LOOK at adorable puppies in pet shops, on Craigslist, or anywhere but a reputable breeder, shelter, or rescue organization, so as to avoid temptation. If anyone has the time and inclination, perhaps they could help the poor puppies by working to shut down puppy mills and to provide information to people looking for dogs. That's my take on it!
Agree with you completely!
We have a similar situation here. Puppy mill breeders sell puppies on the streets, people buy them and majority die in a short time! It's illegal but they are always there selling those puppies! when the puppy can't be sold, they abandon them and leave them to die (esp if they suspect they are sick - rarely do they get the medical help they deserve - I know people who have rescued some of the pups left to die and they are now happy, healthy dogs who got the help they need and have loving homes).
Just happy that the Craigslist puppy had a happy ending.
It's a hard business to kill off unless people take more responsibility for where they buy dogs from.
there needs to be more regulation on dog breeding and more "public education" about this issue. Also, if there are more regulated (and decent breeders), this would reduce the need and demand for puppy mills. I say this because it's true out here.
It's never easy to find a decent breeder who cares about the dogs more than his/her bank balance! No puppy buyer would go to a puppy mill when they can get a healthy puppy (at a fair price) from a responsible breeder!