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Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan) Message Board › ANNOUNCEMENT: Reasons not to work with Michigan's largest puppy retailer

ANNOUNCEMENT: Reasons not to work with Michigan's largest puppy retailer

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI

Meetup Members,

The Family Puppy's relationship with Pine Creek Enterprises Inc. has appeared to have ended in December. Which business partner ended the relationship is unknown. Pine Creek Enterprises Inc was the chain’s #2 supplier from northern Indiana shipping nearly 500 puppies to the Detroit area since 2009.

Devon Troyer of Pine Creek Kennels was put in the media spotlight last summer for exceeding the number of dogs allowed per Elkhart County Zoning laws. Puppy Mill Awareness also held Troyer accountable for not seeking veterinary care for animals that were suffering in October 2010 by filing complaints to the Indiana Board of Animal Health and the USDA. (see USDA violations below)

Zoning inspection photos taken last summer prior to the Zoning Hearing were published here in Michigan to show potential puppy buyers exactly where the puppies sold in our local malls came from. The public felt it was unacceptable to warehouse companion animals.

The Troyers began their commercial puppy farm around 2006. Their farm buildings could hold up to 150 adult dogs and 170 puppies, but contained about 108 dogs last summer. Neighbors were worried that Elkhart County was starting to develop a reputation as a place that is friendly to dog breeders that don't properly care for animals.

Devon Troyer
Pine Creek Enterprises
14885 CR 20
Middlebury, IN 46540

Oct-05-2010: Several dogs were found with health issues requiring evaluation by a veterinarian.

1. A cavalier with chip number 564A was found with eye discharge in both eyes, a sore between the toes of the rear left foot and a severe ear discharge with thicken skin making evaluation of the ear canal difficult.

2. A shih tzu with chip 387C was found favoring the rear right leg. Upon exam, long toenails were found one of which was split and broken in to the quick at the base of the nail. This is a painful condition causing the dog to limp.

3. A shihtzu with chip number 36B was found with the right eye extremely budged. Eye conditions are painful and need to be evaluated by a veterinarian.

4. A bulldog with chip number 877 was found with diarrhea. Diarrhea is an indicator of disease which needs to be identified by the veterinarian and treated.

5. Three other dogs had eye issues which had been evaluated by the veterinarian and were being treated accordingly.

Jan-10-2012: There is an accumulation of grime in the small dog kennel. In addition, the enclosure have hair and grime on the front edges and around the feed bins. The accumulation of grime indicates failure to clean and sanitize thoroughly, the surfaces with which the dogs are in contact. This increases the risk of disease and illness for the dogs in the kennel.


Puppy Mill Awareness will be continue to monitor and report suppliers to Michigan puppy stores. Commercially breed puppies are not welcome in our neighborhoods.

Join our Boycott The Family Puppy Facebook page to follow our sustained campaign.


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