|Sent on:||Monday, June 16, 2014 4:03 PM|
The Family Puppy moved to Toledo.
Guess who was waiting? Weekly protests continue!
GOOD NEWS! As you know we have been tracking shipping records for all the pet stores that import puppies into the state. We recently logged all of the 2013 records and discovered that The Family Puppy’s shipments are drastically down!
The four-store chain dropped more HIGH VOLUME breeders like never seen before.
Beginning in June of last year, The Family Puppy DROPPED SIX high volume suppliers – all from Indian and it appears they stopped working with the broker from Minnesota too. Many of these larger Amish breeders were long-time suppliers servicing the store since 2008 and 2009. This screams business is bad!
1. Dropped Nov 2013 - Richard Frey
2. Dropped Oct 2013 - Devon Schrock
3. Dropped Oct 2013 - Glen Yoder
4. Dropped Sep 2013 - Milan Wingard
5. Dropped Aug 2013 - Kenneth Bontrager
6. Dropped Jul 2013 - Lavern Whetstone
7. Dropped Jun 2013 - Patrick Fulton (Broker)
In 2012 the store dropped five suppliers. Three of them were exposed during our campaign and only one was a high volume supplier (Marlin Bontrager). In 2011 they dropped 7, but they were all very low volume suppliers except Devon Troyer, who was his top supplier. Troyer did not want media attention. The media ran a story on his kennel. Either TFP dropped him or he dropped TFP. It is uncertain.
Below are some charts showing just how bad business is getting. We thought the store was “expanding” every year, but in reality they are not selling that many puppies! Two stores closed this year: Macomb Mall and Green Oaks in Brighton.
This all may be a result of our sustained protests in Flint that started when the new store opened. When we ran them out of Michigan, they tried to set up shop in Toledo, only to be faced with weekly protests and a new ordinance. In addition, no vet will work with them, so no free vet visit or discounts! The new ordinance is making it very difficult to sell puppies. Here are just a few items that store has to follow. The biggest item would be #2…they have to wait until they are 13 weeks – no so cute and cuddle (less marketable).:
1. Cannot sell a dog or cat unless they are at least eight (8) weeks …
2. Cannot sell a dog, unless the dog has been inoculated against distemper, hepatitis, and leptospirosis, para influenza, rabies, and, if indicated, has been treated for external and internal parasites, not less than 7 days before the dog's entry into this City.
3. Pay an animal processing fee of ‘fifty dollars’ to the city for each dog or cat that is not fixed.
4. Shall implant or cause to be implanted an identification microchip in any dog or cat exchanged prior to an exchange.
5. Provide in writing, the breeder’s name and address, ….a document signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the dog or cat is disease and illness free and has no congenital or hereditary condition …
6. Cannot sell to a person that has not reached the age of twenty-one years as verified by valid photo identification.
Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan