Pet Shops Puppy Mills — Consumers Get the Truth

by Mary Haight on July 10, 2013

pet shops puppy millsPet shops puppy mills – you can hardly say one without the other tumbling out your mouth. Like the dead albatross forever hung around the neck as a reminder of wrong-doing, pet shops have been tied together with puppy mills for years now, thanks in no small measure to the investigative work and reporting of HSUS.

Denial and misinformation have been the response of most pet shops to those lured in by the sweet smell of new puppies, further confusing the consumer by boasting their puppies are from USDA licensed and inspected facilities. As if that meant something. Given ample opportunity to recreate their business models in a time awash with demand for change, many chose to continue the fiction. The ASPCA wanted to stop the fraud on the public.

A new tool has been devised for consumers to find which USDA-licensed commercial breeder puppy mill is supplying puppies to pet shops locally and across the US, available on the ASPCA’s “No Pet Store Puppies” website. Here’s what you’ll find:

The database contains more than ten thousand photos of commercial dog breeding facilities and links some of them to specific pet stores throughout the country that have sold puppies from them within the last year. Consumers are able to search the database by pet store name, USDA license number, or name of the breeding facility, or by zip code and specific breeds. The photos were taken by USDA inspectors during routine inspections of the facilities.

This will educate the public on what the inside of these mills look like, show the violations of Federal law, and also show still other conditions, not illegal, but what would be commonly considered as cruel/inhumane by the public. No more fraud. As long as the public has a inquiring mind and this solution continues to be mentioned in the news and on social media, pet shops will continue to be marginalized, hopefully out business. I am an optimist.

Thanks, ASPCA, we have one more useful tool in the struggle for animal welfare.

5 comments
boingydog
boingydog

This is a great tool! I hope it makes it into the mainstream - the people looking for dogs and turning to puppy mills not knowing any better. I will definitely share it through my network and keep it on hand for the next person I know looking to "buy" a dog.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

 @boingydog I think so too! I think I'll ask them if they would provide a widget for blogs -- this really is a public service and I don't know anyone who loves dogs (and cats!) who wouldn't give space on their site for such a good cause. Yes, we could make our own, but ASPCA needs this out there in a big way...like the size of their mailing list kinda way LOL, and doing it in concert as a pet-blogger-wide project to upload and then tweet it with widget location might get it trending on Twitter. More press =) Thanks for stopping by!

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

 @jetbarbieandbender I was really happy to see this! Hope your animal welfare people follow suit - thanks for stopping by =)

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