Purebred dogs in China are being squeezed into tiny, rusty cages in extremely filthy conditions by greedy breeders around China, an animal rights group has claimed.
At one such ‘puppy mill’ in Shanghai, eastern China, dogs were kept in a room so dark that visitors could barely see what was going on inside, according to an undercover investigator sent by PETA Asia.
At another ‘puppy mill’ in Guangdong Province, southern China, a male French bulldog, called Nutmeg, was seen limping across the dirty animal farm. According to the investigator, the purebred dog suffered from severe hip dysplasia.
An investigation by PETA Asia has revealed the horrifying conditions of ‘puppy mills’ in China
Footage taken by an undercover researcher shows a dog breeder brutally carrying a puppy
The dogs are confined into small and filthy cages in extremely dark rooms, the report shows
According to PETA Asia, the video and pictures were taken by one undercover researcher who visited 13 dog breeding farms in Shanghai, Guangdong and Shandong Provinces.
One spokesperson from PETA Asia told MailOnline that none of the 13 places appeared to meet China’s national hygiene standards for dog breeders.
The investigator claimed to see dogs, many malnourished, sticking their noses through the cage wires trying to escape the stench of their own waste in the filthy ‘puppy mills’.
The PETA spokesperson said that purebred dogs were often forced to mate ‘around the clock’ in such ‘puppy mills’, and many of the puppies were inbred.
The orgnisation claimed that they decided to carry out the investigation because the upcoming Lunar New Year would be the year of the dog; and they wanted to reveal what the animals were living through to satisfy the pet market in China.
A male French bulldog, called Nutmeg (pictured), is seen limping across the dirty animal farm
The investigator visited 13 dog breeding farms in Shanghai, Guangdong and Shandong
PETA Asia highlighted one male French bulldog, Nutmeg, which could only drag his back legs behind him due to severe hip dysplasia.
If left untreated, the condition could lead to crippling, lameness, or painful arthritis, urged the organisation.
French bulldog is one of the most popular dog breeds among Chinese pet owners.
Puppies bred by such breeders could sell up to 10,000 yuan (£1,140) each in China, according to an earlier investigation by Chinese news outlet Kan Kan News.
A insider told Kan Kan News that in underground breeders as such, a female dog would be forced to give birth to two litters of puppies every year from the age of two until about eight; while male dogs would be forced to mate twice a week from the age of two until about six.
Apparently, puppy mills can be found around the world – not just in China. According to statistic provided by PETA, around 200,000 puppies were bred by puppy farmers in the UK every year.
Another dog breeder is caught roughly handling a puppy in a dirty and dark ‘puppy mill’
Puppies bred by such breeders could reportedly sell up to 10,000 yuan (£1,140) each in China
Purebred dogs are often forced to mate or carry babies ‘around the clock’ in such ‘puppy mills’
In a report from last year, Eastern European gangs were caught smuggling thousands of puppies into Britain in ‘shocking conditions’.
The Dogs Trust said nearly 100 pedigree puppies, which can net thousands of pounds each, were seized at the border in one week
Some as young as four weeks old resorted to vomiting and eating their own faeces as they were smuggled across Europe in cramped spaces with no air conditioning.
In addition, the number of illegally imported puppies stopped at UK borders has more than trebled over the past five years.