Essay about Cruelty of Puppy Mills, a Speech Outline

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Topic: Puppy Mills
Organization: Cruelty of Puppy Mills/Individuals purchasing dogs from puppy mills/Stricter federal and state laws/Encouraging individuals to not buy from pet stores/online
Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience purchase their dogs from breeders and not puppy mills o the Internet because puppy mills can me detrimental to a puppy’s health.

I. Introduction
A. Attention Getter: How many of you have own a dog?
B. Relevance: I’m sure that many of you have been tempted to buy a puppy while scrolling through the numerous websites online filled with cute pictures of healthy looking puppies.
C. Credibility: A few years ago, my roommate Anna was desperate to find a new puppy. The easiest place for her to find one was an
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1. The first part of the problem is: Puppy mills are cruel places that mistreat and breed dogs only to make money.
2. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, illness, disease, and little or no socialization with humans as well as other animals, are common characteristics of dogs from puppy mills. Female dogs are many times forced to breed at every chance available and when they can no longer produce puppies, they are often abandoned or killed. (
3. According to veterinarian, Dr. Lorie Huston, many puppy mill owners are not concerned about the genetic quality of the dogs and this causes many puppies to be more likely to develop genetic problems such as hip dysplasia and heart muscle disease. They can also have diseases such as canine distemper and intestinal parasites. (Hutson, L.)

Transition Statement:
Not only are puppy mills that produce many unhealthy and neglected puppies a problem, but as a result, many consumers unknowingly purchase these puppies from pet stores and the Internet.

B. The second part of the problem is: Consumers purchase puppies from pet stores or on the Internet without actually knowing the history behind this puppy.
1. According to the Humane Society of the United States and the Companion Animal Protection Society, approximately nine out of every ten puppies that are sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council states that pet stores sell

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