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Utica Pet Supply (45460 Van Dyke Road) has a history of working with large out-of-state commercial breeders. Happy Tails Kennels in Minnesota supplied puppies from 2003-2006. The Detroit Free Press exposed this puppy mill connection and listed Utica Pet Supply as one of the top importers of puppies in Michigan. Google Utica Pet Supply.
Currently, the Better Business Bureau -- Rated F!
Some kennels have over 200 dogs -- Puppy mills!
The Puppy Mill Awareness investigation revealed the store has continued to work with large out-of-state breeders in Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas between 2009-May 2012.
The following breeders have shipped puppies to Utica Pet Supply in 2012.
Canterbury Tails Pets LLC with 372-450 dogs
Ann Nolan (Broker) with 142-191 dogs
Rokenn Enterprises (Broker) with 38-58 dogs
Tina Schumer with 34-81 dogs!
Canterbury Tails Pets LLC
875 Dakota Rd
USDA License 48-B-0319
Number of Adult Dogs 372-450
Canterbury Tails Pets, LLC, Kansas—shipped 22 puppies since the 2011 holiday season. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection reports show that serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act related to lack of veterinary care. “White Lhasa has pink flesh protrusions from the 3rd eyelids of both eyes. This dog has thick creamy discharge and cloudy corneas of both eyes. Eye conditions such as these can cause pain and loss of vision”. Another dog was reported to have a laceration on the right shoulder two inches in length with fresh blood. Inventory reports show they have between 370 – 450 adult dogs! This is a puppy mill!
Ann Nolan (Broker)
Van Buren, AR
USDA Licensed 71-B-0024
Number of Adult Dogs 142-191
11 problems noted by customers
Ann Nolan, from Arkansas, shipped 11 puppies in 2012. Inventory reports show this licensed broker has caged 142-191 adult dogs! In May of 2011, Nolan was cited for inadequate cleaning – “numerous indoor/outdoor doors with rusted debris, grime, and rust.” In 2007 – “A female cocker spaniel had a corneal opacity on its left eye. There was also a serous discharge. The globe was enlarged. The animal was scratching at the eye periodically. This is an older dog and the owner stated this was a longstanding condition.”
Rokenn Enterprises (Broker)
137 N 110th Rd
USDA Licensed 48-B-0018
Number of Adult Dogs 38-58
21 problems noted by customers
3500 S. National Ave
Does not appear to be USDA Licensed
18261 CR 493
Red Cypress Kennel
USDA Licensed 43-A-5100
Number of Adult Dogs 34-81
Tina Schumer from Missouri, our nation’s Puppy Mill Capital, was cited for multiple violations in 2007 including “An adult female cocker spaniel named, Ginger, was observed holding her head titled to the right. The owner stated this had been an ongoing behavior. The hair around the ears was matted extensively. This dog should have the matting removed from the ears and examined.” “The outside gravel pens are in need of cleaning in order to remove feces. An inside pen containing two adult yorkies was observed with an excessive accumulation of feces.”
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Our campaign activities have been posted to our Message Board, where you can find out more about the store’s breeders.
3/15/10 Sent a formal invitation to stop selling puppies and take the Puppy Friendly Pet Store pledge through the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) initiative in person to John Goeth. The store did not respond.
3/27/10 Followed-up with John via a phone call. The store state they do not plan to stop selling puppies.
1/31/12 Resent the formal invitation and pledge form. The store did not respond.
2/14/12Stopped by store to discuss the invitation and pledge form. The store asked me to leave.
2/27/12 Sent a list of our expectations, along with an offer to support them during the business transition to adoption events only. The store did not respond.
3/7/12 Held a pilot protest.
3/9/12 Published ‘F’ Rating by the Better Business Bureau BBB
3/15/12Published PetShopPuppies,org report.
3/15/12 Published 2011 out-of -state breeders report.
3/15/12 Posted “Buyers Beware” DetroitFree Press Article (2006).
3/20/12 Final formal letter sent to Roxanne & John (launching Public Education Campaign). No response.
3/20/12Published links to the Happy Tails Investigation
4/1/12 Published Press Release: Group Asks Macomb Pet Store to Adopt Puppy-Friendly Practices
4/12/12 Published UticaPet Supply Fact Sheet v1.
4/13/13 Kicked off "Round-A-Bout” weekend protests.
4/15/12 Posted sick dog case - Boxer.
4/15/12 Posted sick dog case - Yorkiepoo.
4/25/12 Posted deformed dog case - Mr. Coda stopped to share his stories about a Maltese his family purchased 10 years ago. The dog’s legs were deformed and his testicles did not descend.
6-1-12 Kicked off sustained boycott. Protests have been scheduled for every Friday in June and every Saturday from July – November.
6/15/12 Store updates website to include customer recommendations similar to the Family Puppy’s approach
6/23/12 & 6/30/12 Distributed the Breeder Fact Sheet to the local business neighbors.
7/7/12 Published Police Report regarding disgruntled woman and a sick dog.
7/7/12 Launched Facebook Page.
7/10/12 Published Utica Pet Supply Fact Sheet v2.
7/10/12 Published 2012 out-of -state breeders report.
Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan