|Sent on:||Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:08 PM|
This month a manager of The Family Puppy in Flint visited our protest out of frustration, I am assuming. We have been passing out hundreds of “Fact Sheets” to mall patrons since March. She is trying to prove to me that “improvements” are being made. Seriously? I keep finding more incriminating evidence supporting each and every claim we have made. Again, we don’t want this store to improve commercial breeding.
The owner responded to each of my facts and I have responded in length to him. I would like to share one of them below.
2. The owners of The Family Puppy are not licensed, trained or legitimate regulators or inspectors.
OWNER: We believe that our unique company standards, which come from 30 years of experience helping families find the right puppy, qualify us as business owners to effectively inspect and place requirements on our breeders. Typically, the claim has been that pet stores don't even visit the breeders where their puppies come from, yet our regular visits are now under criticism! We prefer to be as knowledgeable and open about the true nature of our breeders by seeing them first-hand. This way we can provide the photos and information from these visits for our customers to see.
PUPPY MILL AWARENESS: The owner of The Family Puppy, John Stottele, stated his company has “unique standards” which comes from experience. Unique standards? How did John Tidwell pass your standards? The Tidwells were performing their own surgeries in unsanitary shed and the USDA launched an investigation. They were also listed on the HSUS’s Missouri Dirty Dozen (Dishonorable Mentions).
Here is the link to a shipping record showing puppies shipped from this nasty kennel in Missouri. So much for experience and standards.
Here is the link to Tidwell’s 2009 USDA Inspection report. Shameful and shocking.
The owner stated their years of experience helping families find the right puppy qualifies them to effectively inspect breeders. Did I read that correctly? First, placing puppies with families doesn’t take much more than a high school education (don’t you have high schoolers on commission?). The real skill is ensuring the family is ready to commit to a life long family member. Do you even screen your buyers? Second, selling puppies just makes you experts at the puppy pet trade, not breeding, enforcing the Animal Welfare Act, disease control in kennels, genetics… - It only makes you better at ripping people off!
The stated that they regularly visit their breeders unlike other pet stores. Remember, the Stotteles have also stated that their brokers would not allow visits. So just 3 years ago, when Puppy Mill Awareness formed, the Stotteles felt it was time to start visiting breeders. After 10 years??? What took so long? Are you calling a mini van traveling down to northern Indiana to pick up puppies a regular visit? According to my calculations, there is not much time to “inspect” the kennel. Have you ever reported violations? I see the USDA has plenty on them. How many years experience and training has your transporters have? Do they have transport licenses? Have you visited the unlicensed Iowa breeders that supply your broker in Minnesota? How many times did you visit your broker in Ohio? How many breeders did Abe Miller work with? Did you help your brokers choose their breeders? I have never heard of a pet store having that much say in who their brokers work with.
Please provide dates and addresses on your photos. Are any over 10 years old?