Where do pet shops get their puppies?

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Here’s why you shouldn’t buy a dog from a pet store

The biggest problem with pet stores is that they cater to people who want to own a pet. Do you want a puppy? You can have one immediately, come on in.

Don’t do this, people! Chances are you will still want a puppy in a couple of months, after you have done some research. Buying a puppy mill dog is setting you up for a rough road.

If you just decided that you need a puppy right this minute and have no time or drive to plan this purchase, there is a good chance that you haven’t thought about all the work that owning a dog entails.

The reason people buy from pet stores is because they want purebreds and don’t want to pay private breeder prices, but there is a reason they are cheaper in the pet store. It is similar to buying a cheap purse. It looks great on the outside, but the quality is terrible and it probably won’t last as long.

Pet store animals don’t live as long as they should, and their lives are often filled with health problems that come along with bad breeding.

Some people think buying from a pet store is a good idea because they believe they can choose a breed with the qualities and temperament they want. I am sorry to break it to you. This is the same as the knock-off purse. Even though the dog looks like a Labrador, his poor little puppy brains are probably so scrambled from years of being bred with his siblings that you would have better luck with a mutt from the shelter.

Puppy Mills

Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce dogs and cats for sale through pet stores, or directly to consumers through classified ads or the Internet. Most of the puppies in pet stores are from puppy mills. Many retailers who buy animals from such facilities take the wholesaler’s word that the animals are happy and healthy without seeing for themselves.

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Most states allow commercial breeding kennels to keep hundreds of dogs in cages their entire lives for the sole purpose of continuously producing puppies.

The puppy mill owners treat their puppies like cash crops.

There is a They are confined to squalid, overcrowded cages with minimal shelter from extreme weather and have no choice but to sit and sleep in their own excrement. Adult animals are continuously bred until they can no longer produce. Many puppies and kittens suffer from serious behavior problems when they are taken from their mothers at an early age.

Backyard Breeders

A backyard breeder makes money by breeding puppies in his/her home. They breed dogs continuously for years to maximize profits.

There are red flags that can help you identify a backyard breeder.

There is a The seller is selling many types of breeds for less than six weeks. They don’t want to show potential customers where they keep and breed their animals. No matter the reason, responsible breeders will always take the pet back at any time.

Fortunately, some state and local governmental leaders have begun to take action to shut down the puppy mill.

The sale of puppies in pet stores is banned in over 300 US cities and counties.

Washington has passed bans so far. Gig Harbor, Olympia, and Kitsap County.

Three states passed bans in 2017: California, Maryland and Maine.

Pet Stores Provide Misleading Information

The names of the breeders are usually not provided by pet stores. Potential customers don’t know they get their puppies from mills or backyard breeders.

Pet stores say they buy their puppies from USDA licensed breeders. That sounds reasonable.

The USDA does not closely monitor its licensed breeders. According to the group Puppylands.

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There is a There are only 120 inspectors. Each state has an average of 2 inspectors. There is a There aren’t enough inspectors to inspect these facilities on a regular basis. Over the years, the amount of inspections has decreased due to the lack of inspectors. The agency initiated 239 cases under the AWA. In a nine-month period, the agency initiated only 15 cases. ” It is almost impossible to connect a specific breeder to an inspection report. The USDA has removed identifying information from the inspection reports it posts online. There is no way to connect a specific breeder to an inspection report.

Puppyland and Puppyworld use puppy brokers to hide their breeders identity. These brokers buy puppies from puppy mills and then distribute them to pet stores.

There is paperwork that says the puppies came from Jaks Puppies. Most came from questionable breeders.

Puppyland in Puyallup has purchased over 1,200 puppies.

Iowa Sues J.A.K.’s Puppies for Creating Fake Dog Rescue Group

A fake dog rescue nonprofit called Hobo K9 Rescue was created by another person and was the subject of a lawsuit by the Iowa attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, the state is home to a national puppy-mill ring that sells puppies by claiming they are rescue dogs.

The lawsuit said that some are trying to subvert anti-puppy mill initiatives and consumer protection laws by engaging in the practice of puppy laundering.

The fake rescue sold the puppies to pet stores in states that banned the sale of commercially bred puppies due to the fact they actually came from puppy mills.

The fake rescue paid for puppies in exchange for animals from puppy mills.

The puppies, including Pomeranians, Shar-peis, Alaskan Malamutes, Poodle-Yorkies and other breeds, were allegedly sold for over $700,000.

The money went into the pockets of the 2 owners.

Hobo K9 Rescue and another fake rescue were dissolved by the Iowa Attorney General.

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