The Humane Society of the United States investigated flea markets across the county and found in 10 different states and at 21 different flea markets and found that puppies sold at flea markets in fact do come from puppy mills.

“No, there’s no requirements, just bring ’em in and sell ’em.”

“The ones that are thrown out, they’re out there shooting them.”

These are actual statements said by flea market managers or vendors to an HSUS undercover investigator — and they’re talking about puppies.

For more than a year, our investigator traveled the United States to look into claims that inhumane, commercial dog breeders known as puppy mills sell at flea markets.

Many of the puppy dealers present themselves as small hobby breeders. When our cameras visited the sellers’ properties, we found a far different reality. With virtually no regulation, these dogs suffer in the mills, and then are dragged to open-air markets even in extreme temperatures.

Millions of animals are waiting in shelters for a home, yet puppy mills churn out an endless supply of puppies. Please tell the National Flea Market Association to urge flea markets to adopt humane policies and stop selling puppies.


  1. Nancy Faulk September 16, 2015 5:51 pm 

    Adopt! Foster! Rescue!
    Don’t support puppy mills which over breed and fail to care properly for the puppies (their “product”).

  2. kris jimenez September 16, 2015 9:57 pm 

    i wish u could post this on Fb. social media is the fastest outlet and its a great article

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