|Sent on:||Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:14 PM|
As we head into our sixth year of spreading the word about our pet stores and puppy mills, lets take a look at our top 15 stories for 2013.
1. JRT John (Lake City, Mi) shut down. 160 animals seized.
2. Greenwood Pets & Plants (Warren, Mi) for sale. 160 animal seized. Owner was charged with animal cruelty and served jail time for probation violations.
3. Lapeer County Animal Control Director’s large-scale barn kennel is exposed in Mussey Township.
4. Allen Mast (Homer, Mi) USDA kennel license revoked. Animals required to be removed.
5. The Family Puppy’s largest supplier, Marlin Bontrager located in northern Indiana, is exposed for serious repeat animal welfare violations and looses contract with largest store in Michigan. Kennel sized reduced from 177 to 54 adult dogs.
6. Utica Pet Supply (Utica, Mi) new owners fail after one year. Puppy sales down. Store closes.
7. Anti-puppy mill and pet store legislation reintroduced. SB 348 Pet Lemon Law would offer consumer protections for purchasers of dogs and cats. SB 285/286 would strengthen current animal cruelty laws to facilitate prosecution of animal crimes involving large numbers of animals. SB 560 is our Large-Scale Breeder Bill would require large-scale dog breeders to register with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and follow new guidelines.
8. Pollywood Pets in the Gibraltar Trade Center (Mt. Clemens, Mi) Campaign kick-off in September. Macomb County ACO investigates operations.
9. Woof Woof Puppies & Boutique (Walled Lake, Mi) Campaign kick-off in December.
10. The Family Puppy Boycott (Toledo, OH) begins with new store opening. City sets new regulations.
11. Krazie Kritterz (Cheboygan, Mi) closed after being charged with pet store violations.
12. Pawsitively Spoiled (Brighton, Mi) stopped selling puppies after they were caught violating a local ordinance and moved to a new location. No longer selling puppies.
13. K9-Cuisine (Shelby, Mi) switched from selling dogs from Rosters Ranch and now occasionally has adult dogs up for sale (they are calling it adoptions).
14. The Hair of the Dog (Roseville, Mi) started selling puppies when they opened their new grooming business in June, but agreed to no longer sell puppies.
15. The Pet Vendor (Center Line, Mi) closed after 35 years.
We hope everyone continues to support our campaign activities by attending events and spreading the word. Have a Happy New Year!