|Sent on:||Monday, June 18, 2012 3:50 PM|
55220 Van Dyke
Shelby Twp MI, 48316
Monday, June 18, 2012
Dear Dave and Michelle Wilkins,
I am following up regarding our conversation in April about puppies being sold retail in your store.
It appears you have received additional litter(s) since we spoke. Although you stated you are helping a friend, unfortunately regularly selling intact animals works against community adoption programs. Therefore, my organization, Puppy Mill Awareness is requesting you only host adoption events using non-profit organizations to manage the placements of homeless animals.
In addition to contributing to the county’s pet over population problem, the source of your puppies are also concerning. You stated that Rooster Ranch was your primary puppy supplier. Sanilac County records show that this licensed kennel housed or could house 40 dogs in 2009. This is a large facility and is not licensed by the USDA. The USDA requires facilities selling wholesale to be licensed and inspected. In addition, reputable breed clubs have Codes of Ethics that prohibit them from selling wholesale which is not uncommon. Reputable breeders like to interview purchasers themselves and will always take the dog back into their care if the family can no longer keep the animal. Reputable breeders normally have waiting lists and never surpluses.
Please review and consider the attached invitation to the Puppy Friendly Pet Store program. By joining this program, you would be the first store in Michigan to stop selling puppies. Nearly 100 supply only stores have taken the pledge and the public is responding to this campaign.
Since puppy sales are not a big portion of your business, I am hoping you will be able to phase out this activity soon.
I look forward to your response.
Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan