|Sent on:||Monday, November 19, 2012 10:11 AM|
Puppy stores in metro Detroit
asked to stop selling puppy mill puppies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2012
CONTACT: Pam Sordyl, [address removed], [masked]
DETROIT, Mich. – Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan will be protesting at six metro-Detroit area locations this holiday season to warn the public about puppy stores and their connection to puppy mills. Protests are scheduled at the following locations starting Black Friday November 23, 2012 and Saturday, November 24, 2012:
1. Genesee Valley Center located in Flint Mi;
2. Fountain Walk located in Novi Mi;
3. Green Oak Village Place located in Brighton Mi;
4. Macomb Mall located in Roseville Mi;
5. Oakland Mall located in Troy Mi; and
6. Utica Pet Supply, Utica Mi
The protest schedule can be found on the group’s Meetup calendar. Concerned citizens are invited to join the protests.
“We are scheduling protests at malls harboring our states largest puppy retailers: The Family Puppy and Petland,” said Pam Sordyl, the groups founder. “They have a history of working with large out-of-state commercial breeders (“puppy mills”) with violations to the Animal Welfare Act that families can not easily visit”.
The group cites evidence of working with puppy mill operations through USDA inspection reports, adult dog inventory numbers and photos of violations. This information can be found on the Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan website.
The USDA recently released over 60 photos taken at The Family Puppy, Petland and Utica Pet Supply’s breeders during annual inspections. Photos show a build up of dirt and grime, severely rusted cages, excessive accumulation of feces, large amounts of maggots, and unlicensed surgical rooms.
The Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is working to build awareness toward ending mass production of dogs in puppy mills. The group’s public education campaign teaches the public about the origins of pet store puppies and lobbies for stronger laws for animal breeding.
Learn more about Puppy Mill Awareness
For more information, or to arrange an interview with a Puppy Mill Awareness member, please contact Pam Sordyl at [masked] or [address removed].