The following excerpt was copied from
Included (which I wasn't able to copy), were darling pictures of Cotons. This is what a puppy mill looks like:
Is this your puppie's mommy?
From: MainLineRescue@
Hey folks, this dog came to us with AKC papers!
We don't know how old he is. We just know that he spent his whole life in a
Commercial Breeding facility in Lancaster County, fully licensed by the state of
PA. We know that this breeder was inspected three times in the last year and
a half. No violations. How could a warden walk by this dog three times and not
issue a vet check? He is suffering from malnutrition,dehydration, ulcers in both
eyes (permanent damage), mange,infections in both ears, and what's left of
his teeth will need to be pulled if and when he is strong enough. He had
parasites and is being treated for a very contagious organism that's attacking
his intestinal tract. The Vet Hospital who is now treating him tell me he is one
of the sweetest dogs they have ever met. Can anyone tell me why this is
allowed to continue? Look at his spine. It will cost us thousands of dollars but
we'll get him well and find him a home. I hope and pray that things will change
soon .Main Line Animal Rescue
Before you consider the purchase of a "Coton" puppy for $600, $800, $1200, or even $1800 or more from a pet store,
commercial kennel, a large scale breeder, or a broker who offers you a puppy "imported from Eastern Europe with
championship bloodlines", read the following very important messages from  and

For further links and information visit the
UCARE (United Coton de Tulear Association for Rescue and Education) web
site at and talk to the people who see firsthand the condition and care of Cotons and other
breeds in the puppymills.  These puppymills, also called "large volume breeders", are the source of pet store dogs.  
The dogs are shipped across the country in large trucks stacked to the ceiling with crates containing puppies.  
Sometimes these puppies are torn away from their mothers before they are weaned.  The puppies that survive are
cleaned up to make them presentable in the pet stores.

You can make a difference!  The puppymills feed the pet stores.  No reputable breeder ever places puppies in a pet
store to be sold to someone they haven't carefully interviewed.  If the pet stores in your home town sell puppies, kittens
and other live animals, don't shop at that pet store and let the owner know why.  Write to your local newspaper, find
other concerned people through your local humane society, picket the pet store and find other ways to let them know
their business will improve if they stop selling puppies.  This is being doing all over the country.  Counties like Santa
Cruz and Santa Clara in California have convinced pet stores, including chains like Pet Smart, that it is not smart to sell
puppies.  If the pet stores stop selling puppies, the puppymillers will go out of business.  Pet stores are their major

Back Yard Breeders

Don't be fooled by fancy or beautiful web sites.  It's easy to put the words "raised in the home with children" and other
flowery phrases on the web site.  It's easy to put beautiful pictures of children with dogs on a web site and to say
"champion bloodlines".  Get to thoroughly know the breeder and seek independent references before buying a puppy.  
Take a look at the web site  It's the web site of an independent (not club supported) breeder in
Maryland.  She has sold Cotons for many years.  Recently a dead dog was discovered in her front yard.  The following
is a press release from the Montgomery County Humane Society dated January 13, 2006

Public Service Announcement from the
Montgomery County Humane Society
For Immediate Release: January 13, 2006
Media Contact: Ashley Owen (240-770-5968),
Director of Humane Education and Public Relations
Main Shelter Information: 240-773-5960