Originally Posted by Speed Racer
While your case might have been necessary Missy, I hardly think this is what happened. I personally don't think a 5 week old puppy should be taken from its social group regardless of how big the litter.
If someone thinks they need to bottle feed a puppy who's not getting the proper nutrition, that's fine; the puppy still shouldn't be taken from its litter mates until 8 weeks of age.
Probably more a case of someone who doesn't care about proper socialization of their puppies, as long as they get cash in hand for them. Puppies and kittens taken too soon from their siblings and mother develop weird psychological habits and tics.
There's a lot more going on with mom and litter mates than just getting enough milk. Puppies need those weeks to learn proper socialization skills.
Like I said, I don't disagree w the law b/c I agree w you - they shouldn't be taken any earlier than 8 weeks. But, mine wasn't a "might" case, I had picked out my kelpie puppy at 3 days old after studying the litter for hours, and I visited him often
as he was at a then neighboring ranch. It became a clear nutritional concern if I left
him w momma as he couldn't adequetly compete for his mother's milk - he was a tiny runt and appeared to be failing to thrive. And,it was her first litter, she seemed beyond overwhelmed w such a huge litter. I had no intention of taking him before 10-12 weeks the day I picked him out. Within days after I took him and put him on isomil he was far healthier and bouncing around. There are exceptions.