. . . Dr. Patty Khuly of Dolittler has another reason not to breed your dog for inappropriate reasons--the emergency care required when things go wrong because you don't know what you're doing.
My opinion? While definitely not as bad as outright puppy millers (because I think greed is probably a greater sin than stupidity), I'd love it if back-yard-breeders were somehow able to be made liable, at least financially, for the puppies they produce. Absent laws that do that however, I think Dr. Khuly's approach has merit:
"The scene: Two techs vigorously trying to stimulate respiration in two recently extricated newborn pups. A German Shepherd bitch anesthetized on the surgical table, all four legs akimbo. One tech busily manning the anesthesia and instruments. The vet, my colleague, fully gowned and sweating over an open abdomen. And finally, the stunned owner standing nearby, hands over her mouth, looking for all the world like someone who’d like nothing better than to be anywhere else.
"My colleague is like me. He likes to make them watch the fruits of their irresponsibility. While that might sound cruel—it usually works.
"Until backyard breeders stop doing their thing and until laws can be installed and enforced to make them stop, I’ll have to keep doing these disaster C-sections. There’s no point in denying any animal a life-saving surgery. But I will continue to make those responsible observe the outcome of their ignorance and arrogance. I want the "miracle of life" to be at least a fraction as painful and uncomfortable for them as it was for their pet."