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Monday, June 1, 2009

Judge Orders Class Action Lawsuit To Proceed Against Infamous Florida Puppy Dealers

Permission given by Loraine Miscavage of the HSUS.

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (May 26, 2009) – The Broward County Circuit Court has issued a ruling refusing to dismiss several defendants from a major class action lawsuit against a south Florida puppy dealer known as "Wizard of Claws." The suit, filed in 2007, accuses Wizard of Claws, its owners, and its affiliates of defrauding customers by misrepresenting the origin of puppies, and by selling puppy mill dogs who suffer from severe health problems and genetic defects.

The court’s order allows plaintiffs to proceed with their claims against three entities sharing common ownership with Wizard of Claws – Celebrity Kennels, Inc., Dog Breeder Kennel, Inc. and Puppies for Sale, Inc. – and also directs the defendants to turn over records regarding the puppies they have sold to the public. The court also ordered the owners of Wizard of Claws to sit for depositions concerning their business practices.

“After years of reaping huge profits from the sale of sick and dying animals, the owners of this operation are finally going to have to answer for their actions,” said Jonathan R. Lovvorn, vice president & chief counsel for animal protection litigation & research for The Humane Society of the United States. “The sad facts of this case are one more reminder of why consumers should never buy puppies from pet stores or over the Internet.”

The class action lawsuit is the result of years of legal investigation by the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and lawyers of The HSUS. Through extensive investigation, Weil and The HSUS uncovered reports of serious, systematic violations of Florida’s animal and consumer protection laws by Wizard of Claws, its owners and its corporate affiliates. The violations include allegations concerning the sale of sick puppies with life-threatening genetic defects and highly contagious parasitic infections, and the refusal to reimburse customers for either the purchase price of sick puppies or veterinary treatments - that sometimes cost thousands of dollars.

The class action complaint includes numerous examples of Wizard of Claws selling sick or dying puppies including:• A puppy with severe giardia, a contagious parasite. The dog died two days after being brought home. • A puppy with a severe liver defect that resulted in constant seizures up to the point of death only a few weeks after purchase.• A puppy with severe pneumonia and a collapsed lung. The dog only partially recovered after a four-day stay in a veterinarian's oxygen chamber followed by months of intensive follow up treatment.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for the proposed class members, and injunctive relief against any further sale of puppies by Wizard of Claws, its owners and its corporate affiliates. The plaintiffs – which include members of The HSUS – are being represented on a pro bono basis by the New York, Miami, and Houston offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

None Survived.

The heading says it all. A horrific abuse case in Salyersville KY, came to light Tuesday, April 14th. 46 dogs, of many different breeds, were found in a house, living 3-4 to a cage, in their own filth, or outside, in homemade wire cages. Some were running loose. All were riddled with disease and starving. Some of the breeds were Boxers, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu's and Chihuahua's.

A scene all too familiar. Puppy mill. This is what I call a backyard mill. The woman, get this, works for the state road in KY. One of the officers that went to the scene of this horrible tragedy, knew her. The people that went out on this call were absolutely shocked by what they found. There was a dead puppy on top of one of the crates!

The reason they were called to the house was because a neighbor said that a Rottweiler had died on the property and the other dogs were eating the carcass. Also, there were supposed to be children in the house, that was later proved not true. The owner didn't even live in the house, she live down the road. This is just another case of greed! The woman, Manda “Mandy” Fletcher, 51, of Magoffin County, is expected to be charged with 46 counts of cruelty to animals, as she should be!

This scene is played over and over, everyday, throughout the country. Countless dogs are subjected to endless breeding and whelping, until they are no longer viable breeders, and then they are killed, usually very inhumanely. They said they found one female Basset that was broken down from being bred over and over and over.

Every single one of the dogs was euthanized-EVERY ONE!!!!!! This is the product of the puppy mills. Sick and genetically defected animals. The owners of these mills should be placed in jail and pay restitution to the shelters that have to deal with the dogs that are saved from them.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Petland Faces Class Action Suit For Selling Unhealthy Puppies.

PHOENIX (March 17, 2009) — Members of The Humane Society of the United States and other consumers filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Petland, Inc. and the Hunte Corporation are conspiring to sell unhealthy puppy mill puppies to unsuspecting consumers in numerous states. Petland is the nation’s largest chain of pet stores that sells puppy mill dogs and Hunte is one of the country’s largest distributors of factory-produced puppies.

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Phoenix late Monday, alleges that Petland and Hunte violated federal law and numerous state consumer protection laws by misleading thousands of consumers across the country into believing that the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy and come from high-quality breeders. Many of the puppies sold by Petland come either directly from puppy mills or puppy brokers such as Hunte, which operates as a middleman between the mills and Petland’s retail stores.

“Unscrupulous dog dealers like Petland and Hunte reap massive profits by pushing unhealthy puppies on well-intentioned dog-lovers who would never knowingly buy a puppy mill dog,” said Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president & chief counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at The HSUS. “Families often bear the great expense of veterinary treatment for sick and unhealthy dogs, or the terrible anguish of losing a beloved family pet. This industry has been systematically lying to consumers for years about the source of the dogs they sell, and it’s long past time for a reckoning.”

The class action lawsuit is the result of many months of investigative and legal research, and comes after an eight-month investigation into Petland stores by The HSUS that demonstrated a direct link between multiple Petland stores and unscrupulous puppy mills. Numerous other reports have also surfaced of Petland’s allegedly deceptive sales practices, including the marketing and sale of puppies with life-threatening genetic defects and highly contagious parasitic and viral infections.

The 34-page complaint includes numerous examples of sick or dying puppies that Petland sold, including:

• Mainerd, a Boston terrier, was diagnosed with a congenital spinal condition. Some of her vertebrae have not formed completely while others have fused together causing tissue to grow underneath along with possible nerve damage. Mainerd is now receiving steroid treatments for her ailments and may require expensive surgery.
• Minchy, a miniature pinscher, was sold by Petland at 10 weeks old. He was immediately diagnosed with coccidian, an intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea and weight loss. Minchy was also diagnosed with an inherited disorder, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, which will ultimately lead to permanent blindness.
• Tucker was sold at four months old. The bloodhound puppy experienced severe separation anxiety and various health problems before developing orbital cancer at only 7 months of age.
• Patrick, a Pomeranian puppy, was sold at three months old. He suffered from diarrhea and vomiting shortly after arriving at his new home. At 11 months old, Patrick was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, dual luxating patellas, which will require expensive surgery on both of his knees to correct.

Puppy mills are mass breeding operations where the health of dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits. The dogs are often kept in wire cages, stacked on top of each other, with no exercise, socialization, veterinary care, or loving human interaction. They are treated not like family pets, but like a cash crop. Petland denies it supports these substandard breeding facilities, and claims to follow “Humane Care Guidelines” developed in conjunction with the USDA. However, USDA recently informed HSUS in writing that it has no record of any such guidelines.

The class plaintiffs are being represented in the case by Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC; Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLC; Garen Meguerian, Esq. and lawyers in The HSUS’s Animal Protection Litigation section. The suit requests a jury trial on behalf of the consumer class plaintiffs, and seeks reimbursement of the puppies’ purchase price along with compensation for all related monetary damages for the class members.

To learn more about puppy mills, visit humanesociety.org/stoppuppymills. A multi-media release is also available.

Media Contacts:
Loraine Miscavage: 301-258-1483; lmiscavage@humanesociety.org
Heather Sullivan: 301-548-7778; hsullivan@humanesociety.org

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Please Read This For The Sake of Puppy Mill Dogs.

My eyes have finally dried up from crying at what I saw on the video of a puppy mill in Wayne County, NC. The 20 rescuers were tending to emaciated dogs with untreated lacerations, severely matted fur and serious skin and eye infections. The dogs had been living in unheated cages inside unventilated barns and outhouses. There were 300 dogs.

I just sat and cried at the horror I saw. There was a female Lhasa Apso, that couldn't see, from severe eye infections, no hair, due to severe skin problems, with one, tiny, tiny newborn puppy. She was so intent on doing her "job," of nursing this poor, poor pup, that when they took the newborn, she became frantic, so they gave the baby back to her, trying to keep her calm. I just cried and cried. I am starting to cry again, writing this.

Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States, placed calls to 2 people that were either Congressmen or Senators of that district and insisted they come to that facility and see, first hand, what was happening in their districts. They came and they saw the horror, and now are acting on it. I wish our legislators would do the same. I am going to contact the HSUS's John Goodwin, and see what I have to do to get video of the 1000 dogs that were rescued from the kennel in Parkersburg, and any other video they have of kennels in our state. I know they have them, so I can take it to Congressman Rahall. If possible, the Governor.

People, just because you see cute, pretty little puppies in a pet store, doesn't mean that they came from a "jolly, happy" place. They didn't. The puppies are the lucky ones. They get out of a life of just getting bred and bred and bred, until they are no longer viable breeding machines and then they are killed, usually very inhumanely. This happens, this is reality. Please go to this website and view the video on the puppy mill bust in NC. http://www.hsus.org/.

It is hard to watch, but it needs to be seen by everyone. Oprah had a great expose' on puppy mills last year, and I think it needs to be re-aired. We are such that if we don't see it, it doesn't exist. I am sorry, but that is how I feel most people are. "If I don't know about it, it doesn't concern me." "Someone else will take care of it." "I don't want to get involved. I might make someone mad." These are things that people say. And that is why these horrid people get away with what they do with the dogs that they breed to death and are nothing more to them than a "cash crop."

Please, please go to the website and watch the video. I implore you. For the animals sake!!

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Stop The Puppy Mills By Not Patronizing Puppy Pet Stores.

Today at work at Just Dogs! Gourmet, a family came in with a really pretty Yorkie. As I started to make conversation and hold the puppy, I was really impressed by this puppy's thick coat. I was shocked to find out that it came from a pet store chain. But, as I talked further, and found out the supposed age of this pup, I knew they had been taken advantage of. They said the pup was 12 wks. old. I have groomed dogs for many, many years, and have never, never seen a 12 wk. old pup with this type of coat. Then, I looked at the mouth and teeth. Low and behold, the pup is roughly 6 to 8 mo. old.

Here is another case of a pet store lying to sell a dog. The pup looked healthy, and for this family's sake, I hope so. They have to get her to the vet in 4 days from purchase, which was yesterday, Sat. Of course, I told them that any breeder that uses pet stores to sell their pups is not reputable. And, they wanted to know why. So, being me, I told them. I said, "did you see the parents of this pup?" "Did you talk to the breeder?" Each question I asked, they replied with "no."

No matter what, pet stores sell puppy mill pups. And, people pay these huge prices for dogs that usually end up with health or behavioral issues. Not in every case, I know of some that are O.K., but more often than not, there are problems. In LA, they are striving to have a puppy-store free LA, CA. The store that prompted this is called Puppy Love in Beverly Hills, CA. This store was selling really sick puppies from puppy mills. I think they sold to some major movie stars, and that is the reason it was brought into the limelight. The movies stars jumped on the bandwagon to stop pet stores from selling puppies and supporting puppy mills.

A puppy mill is a large, commercial breeding facility that is nothing more than an assembly line breeding place where the dogs are not cared for and are just a "cash" crop. The Amish are some of the worst for puppy mills. Stop the mills! Protest against places like this or any place that sells puppies. Remember, no reputable breeder uses a pet store or the Internet. Always research the breed you want and research the breeder you pick. Personally, I am an advocate of breed specific rescue groups, , or a shelter dog.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

I Was Right About Petland.

source: HSUS website - 3rd paragraph is a paraphrase from the article.

I knew I was right about Petland being a trafficker in puppy mill puppies. The Humane Society of the U.S. just finished an 8 mo. investigation of them and proved that fact. They are the largest national retailer of puppy mill puppies. But, when I called them last month to ask them about their puppies and where they came from, I got the same line that the HSUS got. "Oh, we use the most reliable, reputable breeders in the nation," and that their corporate headquarters send people out to check the kennels they buy from, this is false!

And, they are saying they are helping homeless dogs. Their homeless animals are dogs at a discounted price. Seriously, they say they have shelter dogs, but they are just the dogs that haven't sold, so they put them on sale.

The HSUS has a paper-trail and undercover footage of the mills that supply Petlands all over the U.S. And, the footage of the mills is horrendous, as all the video they have gotten through their investigations over the years, is. Now, back to the adoption thing. HSUS contacted all 133 Petland stores throughout the U.S. about their adoption programs. Here is what some said. 56 said didn't bother with adoptions, 23 offer cut-rate "adoption" on older puppies, 16 said they offer "adoption" prices on returned puppies, and 7 said they wanted to help homeless animals, but couldn't find a supply of puppies. Of course, no shelter is going to help a company that is the largest retailer of puppy mill puppies.

Some of the rest of the 133 stores said they take puppies from local people. And some say that they refer people to shelters, but I bet they don't.

Do Not Buy From Petland and support puppy-mills. Go to http://www.hsus.org/ and watch the video for yourself.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Puppy Mill Bust In WV.

Finally, the puppy mill in Parkersburg WV has been shut down. I have know of this place for many years, but no one would ever listen to me. The mill, known as Whispering Oaks Kennels, raised Dachshunds. This place has been in business for over 40 yrs.


The owner, a Mrs. Roberts, claimed to be one of the premier breeders of this breed. What a load of crap. Many other Dachshund breeders, reputable ones, have tried to get her shut down for years, but, like me, no one would listen. She flew under the radar, so to speak, for years, until now! If you are in the Parkersburg area, or close, and can help foster some of these precious puppies, please help. You can read the story on Fox, and see the raw video on the Herald Dispatch website to find out how you can get in contact with the proper authorities to help.


Thank you Herald Dispatch, for showing this.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Designer Dogs And Pet Store Puppies.

Chance and Mr. Puppy say, "Don't buy from a pet store, they sell puppy mill puppies and mixing breeds brings out the worst of both breeds."

I have been cruising the Internet and found a site for "puppies for sale" in the Ashland/Huntington area. I was dismayed to see the number of "designer" puppies for sale on this site. Also, there were many people looking to buy these dogs, because they looked "sooo cute." Buying a dog because it is cute is a really, really bad idea. You need to research very carefully when purchasing a puppy.

In the Herald Dispatch opinion section today, a lady wrote about a puppy she bought from a retail store that was sick. I wish she had read my blog. I have many, many posts on why not to buy a puppy from a pet store. I am sure I know the one she is talking about, but for legal reasons, I am not going to mention it. Pet stores have what is called "Pet store doublespeak."

From what I read in the letter to the editor, the lady's puppy survived. She is very, very lucky. I will continue to speak out against "designer" dogs and buying a dog from a pet store. If you want to ensure you are getting a healthy puppy, never buy a dog from a pet store, through a classified ad either in the physical paper or off a classified ad on the Internet. Any reputable breeder never sells through these means. You need to see both the parents or if both are not on site, contact the owner of the parent dog that is not available to view and talk to the owner of that dog.

But, I advocate getting a dog from a shelter, as they have many purebred dogs, and there are many, many breed rescues out there. And, let it be known, that these places will not place a dog with special needs to just anyone.


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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Largest Puppy Mill Bust In TN. History.

** some info taken from www.hsus.org **

On June 26, 2008, the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) along with local authorities executed a warrant on a puppy mill called Pine Bluff Kennels. The suffering they saw was unimaginable, even to the seasoned officers. More than 700, yes 700, dogs, 25 horses and donkeys, 20 cats, 4 parrots and 15 chickens were seized.

There was the the smell of massive tragedy. The most neglected area of this puppy mill housed mother dogs and young offspring. These animals were left to wallow in mounds of their own feces, most of them with no food or water. Because the youngest animals are most vulnerable they found several puppies who succumbed to neglect.

These animals died without ever having a chance. They never even had names—nothing but misery. The older breeding dogs at the facility didn't fare much better. They were housed in a sea of tiny wire cages that made it impossible for them to stand comfortably—forcing their legs through the grates. Many had never had the opportunity to feel the security of solid ground beneath their feet.

The team came across the grave site of a pile of dogs with multiple gunshot wounds in their decaying bodies. Shot and thrown away like garbage. But, people that have puppy mills don't care about anything but money. These animals are garbage to them when they can no longer produce.

The owner of this horrid operation had agreed to surrender all of the animals to the local district attorney's office. May the punishment fit the crime this time. So, remember, if you purchase a dog from a pet store, this is the kind of operations you are keeping in business. People who just breed dogs to death.

I have many, many posts on puppy mills, but this one took my breath when I read about it. Please, please don't purchase a dog from a pet store or off the Internet, or through classified ads in the paper. Remember, reputable breeders do not sell their dogs through these means. If you absolutely think you need a purebred dog, there are many, many breed rescues out there. I have heard people say, "Oh, I don't know what these dogs have been through, and I bet they have all kinds of behavioral and genetic problems." This is not the case.

Breed rescues know what animals are special needs and only place them with people who can give them that special care. And, your local shelters have many purebreds up for adoption. Give a shelter dog or a breed rescue dog a second chance.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Pet Store Activism.

source: Humane Society of the United States

We have pet stores in the Tri-State area that are selling puppies. Most likely, they are from a puppy mill. Here are some ways to identify if they are selling dogs from a puppy mill.

Try to identify the breeders. In most states, pet stores are not required to give out information identifying their breeders. When approaching a pet store to get information on the puppies they sell, be calm and polite. Being rude and demanding will get you absolutely nowhere. Go to the store at a calm, quiet time of the day. Look around for awhile and then discretely inquire about the cute puppies and where they come from. Most likely, you will be told they come from a private breeder, or USDA licensed breeders.

Find a specific puppy or two, and ask, again, politely, to see the paperwork so you can learn more about the puppy. Ask the name, and general location of the breeder. Write down the name, city and state of the breeder(s) you have identified.

Start you research with the info you have gathered. Find out if the breeder(s) are licensed with the United States Dept. of Agriculture's Animal Care Division. You can actually call the USDA/APHIS headquarters for assistance at 301-734-7833. You can also contact the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) for further help if needed at http://www.hsus.org/ and look for the contact tag. You can also acquire inspection reports on the breeders. The USDA publishes some inspection reports on their website, but only a few. Also, you can submit a Freedom of Information Act request to find out more. You can fax your requests to USDA/APHIS at 301-734-5941.

If the breeder(s) is not licensed by the USDA, see if they are licensed and inspected by your state. Some states, the USDA inspects kennels or breeders. In states such as PA and MO that have such programs, you may be able to request copies of the state inspection reports in addition to the USDA's. Also, do an internet search on the breeder(s) or pet store. Also, you can contact the Better Business Bureau to see if they have had any complaints about the store or the puppies. Your local shelter or Humane Society can tell you, too.

And, last but not least, gather information from individuals who may have purchased sick puppies at the store you are getting information about. If you happen to represent an organization, you may want to talk with your local shelter and see if they are willing to refer complainants to you. Then ask the complainants to fill out the Breeder Complaint Form on www.humanesociety.org/puppymills. You can also print out copies of the forms and give them to the complainants.

I am sure I will have some people say this is under-handed and sneaky. It might seem that way, but it is perfectly legal and you may save lives. Share your results with your local investigative reporter and pitch the story to them. But, contact only one reporter at a time. Reporters will not respond to an inquiry if it has been copied and sent to multiple outlets.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Dark Side Of The Amish.

Did you know that the mild mannered Amish in PA. are gaining a dark and despicable reputation as puppy mill operators? On May 1, 2007, an Amish puppy mill was raided in Southern Somerset County, PA. The dogs were rescued from a dark barn. Most were sick and many were dead. The owner said he sold the puppies to a man for $150.00 each and he, in turn, took them to a pet store where they were priced to sell at $500.00. Mostly it is Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch country that is notorious for puppy mill operators.


I have seen video of Amish dog auctions. The dogs are so scared. But, to the Amish, they are nothing but a "cash crop." Unfortunately, animals are considered just property. And part of the Amish culture is to sell as much product as possible, and the dogs are just another resource to make a buck.


PA. is reputedly the puppy mill capital of the U.S. The Governor of PA., Ed Rendell is proposing much tougher health and safety standards for the states 2400 licensed kennels. It would require larger cages and 20 minutes of exercise per dog per day and strict record keeping of the exercise, sanitation and feeding. Opponents contend the plan would be costly and burdensome for law-abiding kennels. These are the people that ram metal rods down the throats of their breeding dogs so they don't have to listen to them bark due to the frustration of never having any human contact.


I have many, many posts on the subject of puppy mills. I just received my puppy mill flyers today, 6/11/08, and I plan to spread them out. Just click on the tag, puppy mill and it will take you to the posts.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Animal Welfare Problems In WV.

Source: author Susan Hunter.

http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/ipa/par/report_12_4.html

Documentation of the extent of the animal welfare problems in West Virginia is difficult to obtain because many counties do not keep records of the number of animals picked up or what is done with them.' Although every county is required to have a Humane Officer, that person is designated by the county sheriff, and may have neither the training nor adequate facilities for that position. Two counties do not have a Humane Officer, so animals run loose until someone picks them up or kills them. At least 19 counties have no facility at all, so they routinely euthanize almost every animal picked up by their animal control officer (sometimes by shooting); one county uses an abandoned chicken coop to house up to four animals at a time; and most have only limited facilities.

Go to the above website and read it all. Very, very interesting stuff.

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Another Cruel Fact Of Puppy Mills.


Chance says "HELP STOP PUPPY MILLS." "DON'T BUY PET STORE PUPPIES."

Through my years of grooming, I have come across dogs that have had their vocal cords cut. Most of the time the reasoning I got when I would ask why the owner had this done, the response was the same...I live in an apartment or condominium, and the condition of having my dog, was to have the vocal cords snipped so there would be no barking to disturb the neighbors.


Now, I can say that the customers I had were all good people, and loved their dogs very, very much and had the procedure done by a vet. But, I still think it is cruel to take that function of a dog away. They use their bark for a variety of reasons....from saying hello to warning their pack.


But puppy mill dogs (the breeder dogs) have their vocal cords destroyed, and I use the term destroyed because a metal rod is jammed down their throats, most of the time breaking the jaw, to damage the cords. The reason is, the puppy mill owners don't want the noise. Also, some of these low-life's just jam scissors down the throat and cut them.


Puppy mill dogs get no vet care, and I mean NONE! Actually, the lucky ones, are the puppies, as they are only there until they are 8 wks. old and then they are shipped off to a pet store, or sold on the Internet. Remember, a puppy mill breeder dog spends all of its functional life standing on wire, as the urine and feces go through and the breeder doesn't have to clean anything. And, when I use the term "functional life", I am referring to its ability to breed. Once a dog is past its functional life, it is usually shot or drowned.


Please, please discourage anyone you know that is thinking of purchasing a puppy from a pet store or off the internet. No reputable breeder sells their puppies from a pet store, internet, flea market or swap meet.


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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Pet Store Double Speak - Part 2

source: www.hsus.org

They say: "Our puppies come with a health guarantee."Read "health guarantees" very carefully. They are often designed to protect the store's interests more than yours. They can be full of exclusions and loopholes, and often require you to return a sick puppy to the store in order to get a refund. Furthermore, the store management will often use the puppy's "health certificate" as "proof" that the animal was healthy when he or she left the store, leaving the buyer helpless if the puppy becomes sick just a few days after purchase.

They say: "Consumers know our puppies are from good breeders because they are registered and come with papers." "Purebred" registration papers (from one of many "kennel clubs" or other dog registries) are only a record of a puppy's parents (and sometimes earlier generations). Puppy mills routinely sell puppies with papers from prestigious sounding "kennel clubs." Registration papers do nothing to ensure that an individual puppy (or his or her parents) is healthy or free of genetic defects, or that they were raised in a humane and sanitary environment.

They say: "We know this is a good breeder. We've never had a problem with any of their puppies."Keep in mind that even facilities with mostly healthy puppies and problem-free inspection reports are keeping dozens or even hundreds of breeding dogs in cages for their entire lives. These parent dogs live behind bars from birth until death, without ever feeling grass under their feet, enjoying a treat or toy, or having loving human contact or proper veterinary care.

They are bred repeatedly until they can no longer reproduce, and then they are discarded.

The real tragedy of puppy mills is that keeping breeding dogs in such a way is perfectly legal. Only the public can stop the cruel cycle of puppy mills, by refusing to buy the puppies that keep these kinds of breeders in business.

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Pet Store Double Speak - Part 1.

source: www.hsus.org

Pet stores say: "Our puppies come from breeders, not puppy mills."Understand that the word "breeder" is not an exclusive term. Anyone who puts two dogs together and produces puppies is, technically, a breeder. So don't assume that a puppy from a "breeder" did not come from a puppy mill. A responsible breeder would not sell her puppies to a pet store; she would want to meet you in person.

They say: "All our puppies come from USDA-inspected facilities, so we know they are not from puppy mills."Being USDA-inspected does not mean that the business is not a puppy mill, any more than having a driver's license guarantees that the holder is a good driver. It is extremely rare for the USDA to revoke a commercial breeder's license or even fine a puppy mill that has repeated violations. There are hundreds of USDA-licensed puppy mills in operation that have long lists of violations and problems associated with them.

They say: "We know our breeders are not puppy mills because we only deal with breeders we know."If a pet store manager tells you this, ask to see documentation that shows exactly where their breeders are located. In most cases, you will find out that the breeders they "know" are in distant states. The store manager's definition of "knowing" a breeder often just means that he or she has been receiving shipments of puppies from the same place repeatedly. In most cases, the owner or manager has never visited the breeder's facility or inspected their records.

They say: "We don't sell puppies from local breeders because our state is not regulated, but (the state the puppies come from) is."Commercial breeders in all states who sell wholesale to pet stores are required to be regulated by the USDA. Some states, such as Missouri and Pennsylvania, also require a state kennel license and state inspections. But this does not mean that puppies from Missouri or Pennsylvania are healthier. In fact, these states have two of the worst concentrations of puppy mills in the United States, with some of the worst conditions. This is due in part to the very small number of qualified inspectors, infrequent inspections, and the fact that even facilities that are found to be substandard during the inspections process are rarely penalized.

They say: "Our store's puppies are healthy—they come with a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian."A health certificate only means that the puppy has had a very brief "wellness" examination by a veterinarian. This examination does not include testing the puppy or his or her parents for genetic disorders, or testing for diseases such as Giardia and Brucellosis, both of which are contagious to humans and are frequently seen in puppy mill puppies.

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What You Can Do To Help Stop Puppy Mills.

The HSUS (Humane Society Of The United States) has been investigating and fighting against puppy millsfor decades. With your help, they can advance there fight to stop puppy mills and the tragic consequences of pet overpopulation. Here's more that you can do right now:

1) If you are thinking of bringing a new dog into the family, or know someone who is, request a free copy of their puppy buyer's guide for information on how to find reputable breeders, shelters, and rescue groups. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/Q7weqRd1LzTo/

2) Ask your federal legislators to crack down on puppy mills.Click here:https://community.hsus.org/campaign/puppymills_oprah/ingk58x4f7bti3in?

3) Get the word out about puppy mills: write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Visit Stop Puppy Mills.org to educate yourself. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/PpweqRd1LzTi/

4) Download one of their Stop Puppy Mills campaign badges or banners to your own MySpace or Facebook page, blog, or website.Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/Q1weqRd1LzTk/

5) Did you adopt your canine companion from a rescue group or shelter? Then order their Proud to Adopt care package. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/P7weqRd1LzT8/

6) Download Puppy Mill Cruelty flyers and post them or give them out at your neighborhood dog park, to engage fellow dog owners and help spread the word. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/QpweqRd1LzTl/

7) Help them place advertisements and billboards to spread the word about puppy mill cruelty. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/QdweqRd1LzT9/

The puppy mill industry will thrive as long as consumers are kept in the dark about the "mass production" of purebred and designer dogs. With your help, they will shed light on the cruelty of puppy mills and put them out of business for good. They can'tdo it without your help!

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Puppy Mill Expose'.

April 4Th, 2008, Oprah Winfrey is doing an expose' on Puppy Mills. It is on Chnl. 3 at 4PM.
Addition to this story......After watching the show today, and the most excellent way it was presented, I have more optimism that maybe, one day, these horrid places will all be eradicated. Remember, please, please, go to your local shelter first, or petfinder.com and find that new member of your family.

I have multiple stories on these horrid places. Go to www.hsus.org and click on the puppy mills.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Durbin Puppy Imports 2007 Amendment.

This is a continuation of the Final Farm Bill to protect pets.
Background:
According to representatives of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a significant volume of imports of puppies from Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Columbia, Mexico, and several other source countries arrive in the United States each year. Unfortunately, many of these animals are shipped at 8 weeks of age or younger, before their immune systems are developed and before they can be safely vaccinated. Although definitive statistics are not available, large numbers of buyers and veterinarians report that imported puppies suffer from higher than normal incidences of pneumonia, parvovirus, and severe congenital defects. Because puppies under 3 months of age are too young to be vaccinated for rabies, they may be imported without the vaccination. The CDC requires importers to complete a confinement agreement (form CDC 75.37) agreeing to confine the animal until it is old enough to be vaccinated, and to confine the animal for 30 days after vaccination.


Under this regulation, most imported puppies would not be eligible for sale until at least 4 months of age, but complaints indicate that they are routinely imported and sold at a much younger age. The CDC has acknowledged a large volume of puppies are imported without their knowledge and that they do not have the staff or resources to properly handle this problem. The CDC does not have law enforcement powers and can’t screen every flight or shipment. When violations are found, the CDC can only issue warnings, except in extreme cases that require law enforcement assistance. A 2005 Border Puppy Task Force study estimated that 10,000 puppies enter San Diego County from Mexico annually. Many of them are smuggled in without health records or vaccinations. Many of the puppies carry contagious diseases, are infested with parasites, and are too young to be weaned. Common diseases included distemper, rabies, parvovirus and ringworm.


Amendment:
This language addresses the problem of unscrupulous commercial importers of live dogs by providing USDA APHIS with enforcement authority and tightening and clarifying minimum health requirements for commercial imports of live dogs destined for resale. At a minimum, this language will require that all dogs imported to the United States for resale be properly vaccinated and in good health. In addition, the amendment requires dogs entering the United States for resale to be at least 6 months of age. Exceptions are provided so as not to interfere with veterinary treatment or research purposes. Violations of these provisions are subject to the enforcement mechanisms in the Animal Welfare Act. The language has the support of The Humane Society of the United States, The American Kennel Club, and The American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Protect Pets In The Final Farm Bill!

The House and Senate unanimously approved language in both their respective versions of the Farm Bill to prohibit the use of dogs and cats obtained from random source Class B dealers (who may steal pets or fraudulently obtain them through "free to good home" ads) in experimentation. The Senate also included measures to stop the import for commercial sale of very young puppies from foreign puppy mills, and to strengthen the federal law on dogfighting, and the House included provisions to increase the maximum fines for Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations and require USDA to resume providing annual reports to Congress on its AWA enforcement efforts.

Research facilities generally obtain their animals from one of two sources: Class A (Permit Breeders) dealers who supply purpose-bred animals to laboratories, or Class B dealers who obtain the animals they supply to labs from “random sources.”


The Problem:Class B dealers obtain the animals they provide to research facilities through a variety of unseemly methods, such as responding to “free to good home” ads in local newspapers, adopting from local animal shelters, and stealing companion animals from their owners’ yards, cars, and farms. Too often, dogs and cats are subjected to abusive handling and exposure to the elements while kept at the premises of Class B dealers, as pet owners mourn the loss of their stolen pets.


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has repeatedly documented the failure of random source Class B dealers to comply with the minimum requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Because of the questionable reliability of random source animals, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a long history of using only purpose-bred dogs and cats for its intramural research. Robert A. Whitney, D.V.M., former Director of Research at NIH, said the following about random source Class B dealers: The continued existence of these virtually unregulatable Class B dealers erodes the public confidence in our commitment to appropriate procurement, care, and use of animals in the important research to better the health of both humans and animals. (Letter to Members of the U.S. Congress; June 12, 2006)


After hundreds of AWA violations, and an undercover investigation (by Last Chance for Animals), one of the most notorious Class B dealers in the U.S. - C.C. Baird of Martin Creek Kennels in Willifore, Arkansas - was finally shut down by the USDA. The undercover investigation, documenting extreme animal cruelty and the illegal acquisition of animals by the 15-year-old facility, was featured on HBO and called dramatic amount of attention to the issue. However, the remaining 10 Class B dealers who sell live, random source dogs and cats to research pose a terrible drain on USDA resources as the agency struggles to oversee these problematic operators.


The Solution:
To remedy this serious problem, Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), and Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Phil English (R-PA) introduced the Pet Safety and Protection Act, S. 714 and H.R. 1280. This legislation will ensure that dogs and cats used in research and education are neither stolen nor obtained through fraudulent practices and will also establish monetary penalties for related violations. Under this bill, purpose bred and random source, young and old, genetically uniform and genetically diverse dogs and cats will ALL still be available to research facilities from a variety of sources, such as Class A dealers, shelters, research facilities with breeding programs, individuals, etc. They just wouldn’t be able to use the Class B middlemen to obtain animals from the illegal sources – stolen pets, pets being offered through “free to good home” ads, and other fraudulently obtained animals.


S. 714 and H.R. 1280 will accomplish the following:
Prohibit Class B dealers and unlicensed individuals from selling random source dogs and cats to laboratories.
• Prevent stray animals, who may be lost family pets, from being sold to laboratories.
• Provide pet owners peace of mind that their animals will not be sold to a laboratory, should their animal be stolen or become lost.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Cruelty Caught In Hollywood Glare.

Just because a pet shop is in a high class area does not mean they are on the up and up. The HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), released the findings of an undercover investigation of Pets of Bel Air in CA. What they found was shocking. Many of the puppies they sell came from puppy mills in the Midwest.


At least 28 commercial breeders in AK, IA, KS, MO, AND OK, supplied puppies to Pets of Bel Air. Each of these locations are mass breeding operations that house 100 to 300 dogs in horrific living conditions. Some of these dealers have been cited for failure to comply with the Animal Welfare Act. Two of the breeders did not have the proper license from the USDA required for commercial breeders to sell to pet stores.


Never buy a puppy from a pet store, it is a bad idea. Employees will lie, just to sell a puppy. When one is sold, it makes room for another one. We have stores in our area that sell puppies and say they are from local breeders. No reputable breeder sells their puppies in a pet shop, flea market, internet or in a newspaper. Talk to a vet or kennel owner, if you are thinking about a puppy.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Voice Your Opinion About Tougher Animal Laws.

source: source: http://www.hsus.org/.

It seems that since the arrest, conviction and longer than expected sentence for quarterback Michael Vick, new laws are being introduced to strengthen the animal cruelty laws in all states. Activist are riding the huge wave of national publicity trying to get tougher laws on the books for people who organize and/or watch animal fights. Also to give law enforcement more power to find and arrest them.

Virginia has been in the news quite a bit lately starting with the Vick fiasco. Then a huge puppy mill was busted. Over a 1,000 dogs were found in cages and deplorable conditions. "The Humane Society estimates that 40,000 people nationwide are involved in organized dog-fighting, with an additional 100,000 people involved at the street level." In total, they fight more than 250,000 dogs each year. Remember that total. Your voice to your congressman/woman will work. Just email or write and let them know how you feel about the slackness of laws on animal abuse.

WV is one of the most prolific dog fighting states out there. Bet you didn't know that. But, sadly, it is true. Plus, our state was in the spotlight this year when a puppy mill was raided and over 700 dogs were found in horrid conditions. This kennel had been run since the 60's. I personally, have tried to get her stopped, but at the time I was trying, I didn't have any pull with anyone. I was just someone who "didn't know what she was talking about," back then. But now, I have the HSUS behind me, and this great opportunity with my blog. So, please, if you see anything that isn't right, call your local authorities or animal control.

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