If I work 8 hour shifts on the week days , is it fair for my puppy to be crated all this time?

Would it be considered cruel to leave my puppy in a crate for extended periods of time? ( several hours) while I am away at work ? Right now , what I have been doing is let her roam around the apartment freely while I am away....I don't want her to be confined in such a small space . Because then she might be... show more Would it be considered cruel to leave my puppy in a crate for extended periods of time? ( several hours) while I am away at work ?

Right now , what I have been doing is let her roam around the apartment freely while I am away....I don't want her to be confined in such a small space . Because then she might be unhappy.
Update: Sometimes when I come home , I see that she has peed on the floor.
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