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LETTER: My letter to the new owners of Utica Pet Supply

From: Pam
Sent on: Friday, December 7, 2012 6:36 PM

Protests will continue at Utica Pet Supply


Dear Mr. Petros,

We spoke this week about your out-of-state breeders and our active public education campaign against your store. I am concerned that you are also working with similar commercial breeders and they are coming from distant states. This is a clear sign they are puppy mills.

Thank you for taking the time to discuss my concerns and I wanted to remind you that my offer to help you research the breeders online before you purchase from these new kennels is still open. I do not need to come into the store to show you how to do this. Feel free to call me and I can walk you through the USDA website that shows recent inspection reports and inventory numbers. You can also research breeders on Pet Shop Puppies.

Unfortunately, since you plan to continue to sell puppies, my organization, Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan will continue protesting. We will not be coming into your store or calling you. This is not personal and you should not feel any way threatened. If you ever want to talk to us while we are out front, please feel free to approach us. We will not yell or harass your customers, but we do plan to offer them literature about the breeders and puppy mills.

It also concerns me that you yourself may not know about puppy mills. Please do your homework and consider the breeding dogs that you will never see if you are ordering them online. Never purchase from a kennel that you have not visited. How will you ever be able to be honest with customers, your neighbors, if you do not visit the breeders.

This is what Puppy Mill Awareness (PMA) is asking of Southeast Michigan pet stores including Utica Pet Supply:

• Agree to no longer sell animals acquired from breeders in their store(s) or on the Internet.
• The only dogs transferred, sold or retailed shall be "rescued" dogs coming from shelters or 501(c)(3) rescue groups.
• Agree to make these changes in every other business in which the store may have an interest, either currently or in the future.

In exchange for the above commitment, Puppy Mill Awareness will assist stores by doing the following:

• Puppy Mill Awareness will agree to not hold peaceful demonstrations at the store(s).
• Puppy Mill Awareness will agree to help promote the store. Such promotion may include: sending out a press release, a feature on the Puppy Mill Awareness Facebook, and/or an email publication to our members;
• The Humane Society of the United States will provide stores that offer rescued dogs with a "Pet Friendly Pet Store " seal to display in the store and put the store on their website.
• Puppy Mill Awareness will help facilitate relationships with the rescue groups and shelters, through which stores may acquire rescued animals to offer for adoption.
You can reach me at xxx.

Pam Sordyl
Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup
Southeast Michigan

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