That's pretty disturbing. I'm still waiting on money back from a BYB I refused to adopt a puppy from once I learned more about them.
I was finally given permission to get a dobe in my house, so I was on cloud nine and too excited to be smart... I zipped online and searched for a puppy that would be available on the date that I wanted for a price that I could afford. Looking back on it, I was ****ing retarded!
Anyway, after the purchase, I had time to deflate and read and study up more on my favorite breed... that's when I learned about BYB and why they were bad and how to identify one. She fit the bill. I was heartbroken, scared, angry, depressed, etc.. I did NOT want any part of THAT! I was lucky enough to get her to agree to give my money back, but I'm still waiting on part of it (had to agree to some conditions).
Before my research, I honestly didn't know the difference between a good and bad breeder. I just thought "bad" meant cruel, and the stuff you saw on Animal Cops or something. Once I was educated about breeding, everything made so much sense and now I truly respect reputable breeders and I'll never make the mistake of buying a "convenient puppy" again.
Mad props to you, for recognizing your mistake, and moving in a better direction.
I wish folks like you could help us figure out how to get the information across to a wider audience.
As bad as the local JoeBlow BYBs are, the ones that really aggravate reputable breeders and rescuers are the slick salespeople who bedazzle folks with their websites, talk a lot of talk, but actually have really crappy breeding programs--like Family Dobes, for one. Britton Farms is another.
That Family Dobes stupid fool, Steve Parsons (who is reportedly a convicted sex offender, btw), has a "service dog" page on his website that hits so many myths and misconceptions--it's a thorn in the side of folks who legitimately know and work service animals.
Plus, the number of pups he pumps out--it's staggering.
Kimbertal is a puppymill, yet folks continue to support them by buying from them--and they farm out more and more bitches, to produce more and more puppies. Yet, they have a "great facility" and people who buy from them are misled to believe they are getting some "great stock."
It's disheartening, trying to combat all the misinformation that gets lobbed at the general buying public.