Backyard Breeding- Cruelty??
This past weekend I saw the dark side of backyard breeding. Before, I had considered backyard breeders sort of amateurs who love their dogs and were breeding for the love of it without going through all of the hoops to make a reputable kennel. I still think this type of breeder exists, but now at least I can understand why so many people hate "backyard breeders."
The lady had three adult dogs, and the female that was not currently raising a litter was pregnant. The mother of the litter was skittish and afraid of strangers. The carpeting in the living room was covered in pee and poop and the linoleum in the kitchen was all torn up and chewed. The two other adults were outside in a 5ft plywood "pen," and the male was barking his head off. He didn't stop until I started to walk away. I wasn't allowed to touch any of the adults (the lady was probably (justifiably) afraid that they would bite me). I didn't particularly care to touch them, but I kinda felt like dogs you are selling as pets should have parents who are ok with strangers. The lady also told us about a male she had before that she had to give to a shelter because he was becoming too aggressive for her to handle.
It just made me so mad! None of her adults had temperaments that would be good for a pet. They weren't trained or socialized; the puppies were living in filth that might very well give them diseases, and she had surrendered a previous dog to the shelter! I'm pretty confident she was only breeding them for the money, and she was probably over-breeding her females. Of course I can't prove that, but I'm just wondering if there is anything I can do about it? Is it animal cruelty legally speaking? She said they were AKC registered, does that make a difference?