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Pollywood Pets (Mt. Clemens)

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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,644


Cara Valdez, a Trade Center shopper, spoke to the Mt. Clemens City Commissioners on Monday, December 2nd, 2013. She had visited the store two times this month and was concerned about specific animals in the store and the water bottles being used to supply water to adult dogs.
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,646

A young couple stopped at our protest. They purchased a unaltered female puggle three months ago from Pollywood Pets. When they came to pick her up, she was in a back dark room. She had a bad cough, a mass needed to be removed and she is has behavioral problems. They believe she may have been used for breeding because her vulva area is enlarged and her nipples are noticeable.
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,647


Today’s protest at Pollywood Pets: Protesters came pulling in, one after the other. We reached a lot of Trade Center shoppers. One man thanked us. He was on his way in to buy a Boston Terrier! Yay, we stopped a sale! — with Tina Borys Radatz and Michelle Robins.
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,652




12-16-13 Mt. Clemens City Commissioner Meeting: “She will be on prescriptions the rest of her life”. Kim Miles, single mom of two, is struggling to take care of very sick dog purchased from Pollywood Pets nearly two years ago. “She is still sick, and lies in our laundry basket”. Kim shared her story and photos with the Mt. Clemens City Commissioners last night. Lizzy, their schnauzer/poodle, needed expensive surgery to correct a Liver Shunt. The store never acknowledged her or returned her calls. Kim was left with thousands of dollars in vet costs.
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,653




10-16-13 Interview the CandG news. But that’s little comfort to former Pollywood customer Kim Miles, who purchased a schnauzer/poodle mix puppy from Pollywood last year. Miles said her daughter immediately fell in love with the pup they later named Lizzy. She put down a $300 deposit but had some misgivings. “It was just really bad in there,” she said. Miles said she wanted to forgo the deposit, but her daughter was adamant that Lizzy should live with the family. A check up at the veterinarian’s office confirmed that Lizzy’s lethargic and sickly nature was the result of a liver shunt, which she likely inherited from her sickly mother, a dog the Miles family knew nothing about and was unable to find answers about. “We called her over and over, trying to find out where the dog came from,” she said. Miles said Lizzie underwent extensive and expensive surgery to repair the shunt to no avail. She will live the rest of her life on a special diet and twice-a-day medication to keep her liver soft so she can absorb the proper nutrients. Still, she’s sick almost every day. “She threw up twice today, and she walks in circles,” said Miles, adding that the behavior is a result of the illness affecting her brain.
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,654


I spoke to the Mt. Clemen's City Commissioners on 12/16/13:

As you know we have an active local campaign here in Mt. Clemens to educate the public about the pet store in the Trade Center. However, we also work on state level initiatives to protect animals AND families like the ones you heard from tonight.

Most sick animals purchased go unreported. For those that do seek recourse there are very few options. Sellers guarantees are useless and do little to help families with expensive veterinary bills. Usually the only option is for a family to take the seller to small claims. Even then they have a 50/50 chance of wining since there are no laws to protect puppy and kitten buyers.

Throughout the year we lobby for stronger laws. Right now we have three bills that we are asking Representative Lane and Senator Brandenburg to support.

SB 348 Pet Lemon Law would offer consumer protections for purchasers of dogs and cats. They would have recourse options such as exchanging, refunds and help with vet bills. It also includes disclosure so families know where the pet is coming from.

SB 285/286 would strengthen current animal cruelty laws to facilitate prosecution of animal crimes involving large numbers of animals. Requested by Wayne County Prosecutor’s office after over a hundred animals were seized by the Dearborn Heights Police at Pet Station. This bill unanimously passed through the senate last month.

SB 560 is our Large-Scale Breeder Bill. It would require large-scale dog breeders to register with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and follow new guidelines to help ensure the humane treatment of the dogs and puppies in their facilities.

Learn more about these bills on our Legislative Page.

http://michiganpuppym...­
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,656


“I bought a rat terrier from Pollywood Pets (Gibraltar Trade Center, Mt. Clemens Mi). Got a DNA test when she grew 3x as big as they told us she would get. She's a border collie/dalmatian mix with NO rat terrier what so ever. We spent over $500 the first month for an intestinal parasite that caused her to vomit and have diarrhea constantly. It was a struggle just to keep her alive. They told us we could exchange her for another puppy. We couldn't believe them but yet why would you expect anything better than that place. Instead of "saving" their dogs we now work to shut places like them down. Now that my dog is 7 years old she has very bad knees and will require double knee surgery if it gets any worse.”~ Indigo Wild
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,657


Steve and Brenda Lippman (Chesterfield, MI) purchased an adult dog from Pollywood Pets earlier this year. The Boxer mix was skin and bones and her hair was falling off her at the store. “My whole shirt was covered in hair. They told me to change the dog food and the shedding would stop. I bathed her and it stopped.” A vet check showed she had bacteria in her stomach and may not have survived long. It was contagious and picked it up from the other dogs. The store charged the Lippman’s $400 for a sick skinny dog and would not come down on the price. “It was gross petting her, all I could feel were her bones. It is sad.”



Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,658
We are tentatively on the January 6th Agenda. Save the Date!~pam
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,659
Why should you ‘adopt’ a puppy? You'll save a life, get a healthy pet, save money, feel better and most importantly you won't be supporting puppy mills and pet stores. When you are ready to find your next family member, there are many places to ‘adopt’ a puppy: shelters, rescue groups, Animal Control Shelters, Humane Society shelters, and purebred rescue groups. All of these groups post available pets online, however, sorting through all of the postings can be very overwhelming.

Our website outlines some approaches to help you find your next pet locally here in Michigan.
http://michiganpuppym...­
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