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The Family Puppy/Family of Pets (Exposed)

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Controversial measure would restrict pet sales in Toledo
Posted: Nov 26, 2013 4:27 PM EST Updated: Nov 26, 2013 8:20 PM EST

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Toledo City Council is taking up a controversial measure regarding the sale of dogs and cats at retail shops.

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The opening of the Family Puppy store at Franklin Park in October sparked anger from protestors who claim the animals sold at the store came from puppy mills.

The measure before City Council would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at retail shops, unless they are obtained from an animal shelter, humane society or a rescue organization, and only if the animals are spayed or neutered.

"When you start dumping puppy mill dogs into a community, the death rate is going to go up at the local pounds and shelters, and we don't want to see that here," said Jean Keating with the Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates.

Keating says the proposed legislation would send a strong message about how dogs and cats are bred and cared for before they're sold to a new owner.

"Puppies aren't products, these are animals. There's a difference between a living product and a chair," said Keating.

The owner of the Family Puppy store says he would be forced to close his store if the proposal becomes a law.

Councilman Mike Craig says it would send the wrong message about Toledo being "business friendly."

"The regulation on retail outlets, you can only sell dogs you get from a charity. This is not business friendly. If you want to regulate pet shops, go ahead, but don't make it so they can't do business here," said Craig.

Council decided to keep the proposed ordinance in committee on Tuesday. Councilmen Collins and Waniewski plan to offer amendments before council votes on the measure December 10.
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Published: Thursday, 11/7/2013 - Updated: 2 months ago

City proposal looks to limit puppy, kitten sales at stores

Business would have to get animals from shelter, rescue

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER


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After the October opening of a pet store in Westfield Franklin Park mall that sells puppies, Toledo City Council on Wednesday weighed legislation to bar the sale of a “companion animal” in pet shops, retail businesses, and commercial establishments unless the animal is obtained from a legitimate animal shelter, animal control agency, humane society, or nonprofit rescue organization.

The Family Puppy, a southeast Michigan chain, opened in the mall amid controversy and protests. John Stottele, who co-owns the Family Puppy with his wife, Deb, told The Blade previously he often goes to Indiana to pick up puppies from about 20 primarily Amish breeders who provide him with dogs to sell.

The opening alarmed local animal-rights activists who allege the chain is supplied by commercial breeders who run “puppy mills,” generally characterized as kennels where dogs are bred in cages with little or no human contact, unsanitary conditions, and improper health care.

Councilman Rob Ludeman said many on council were contacted about the store, and he asked the city law department to write legislation modeled on a San Diego ordinance. “Many cities have legislation like this,” he said. “We want to be a compassionate city, not just to each other, but also [to] our four-legged friends.”

The proposal, announced at council’s agenda review meeting and assigned to a committee, also would cover the sale of cats.

It would prohibit the display or sale of dogs or cats unless they are at least 8 weeks old and have their deciduous teeth visibly present. The law would require inoculations, and that animals be spayed or neutered.

City Law Director Adam Loukx said the proposed law was written with input from Gary Willoughby, executive director of the Toledo Area Humane Society, and Jean Keating, co-founder of a Toledo group called the Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates.

The Blade found only two complaints against the Family Puppy since 2009.

In one, the Michigan Agriculture Department investigated a complaint the Family Puppy store in Flint bought an underaged puppy to sell, but investigators found it was older than the paperwork indicated. Another complaint alleged two ill puppies at the same store had contracted parvovirus, a highly contagious disease. An inquiry concluded one had parvovirus; both puppies were euthanized.

Contact Ignazio Messina at: imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171 or on Twitter @IgnazioMessina.

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Toledo City Council takes action on Berdan Building, dog law respectively

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA
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Toledo City Council Tuesday approved the final piece of financing developers need to renovate the vacant Berdan Building in Toledo’s Warehouse District and also approved a compromised version of a controversial law regulating the sale of cats and dogs in the city.

Council voted 12-0 to approve $2 million of federal money for the $30 million Berdan Building renovation project. Berdan LLC, the owner of the building at at 1 S. Erie St. across from Fifth Third Field, plans to transform it into 115 apartments..

The Lansing-based developers bought the Berdan this year and announced plans to renovate it into living and retail space. Berdan LLC paid $700,000 for the property, according to records on file with the Lucas County auditor.

Developers Richard Karp and Kevin Prater said the project could not proceed without the federal money.

“The next step we have is to go in for building permits, zoning approval,” Mr. Prater said. “That will take six to eight months.”

Mr. Prater and Mr. Karp redeveloped the nearby Standart Lofts, a 75-unit apartment building.

The $2 million comes from from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2.



■ DOG, CAT LAW

Regarding the new dog and cat sale law, council approved a version that would allow an existing business at Franklin Park Mall to remain open.

The Family Puppy, a southeast Michigan chain, opened in October in the mall amid controversy and protests. John Stottele, who co-owns the Family Puppy with his wife, Deb, said he often goes to Indiana to pick up puppies from about 20 primarily Amish breeders who provide him with dogs to sell.

The originally-proposed law would have banned the sale of a “companion animal” in pet shops, retail businesses, and commercial establishments unless the animal is obtained from a legitimate animal shelter, animal-control agency, humane society, or nonprofit rescue organization. The law council passed would allow all businesses operating before Jan. 1, 2014, to continue selling puppies and kittens.

The compromise version was approved 11-1. Councilman Mike Craig voted against.

The new law requires the store to pay the city a $50 fee for every animal sold that is not spayed or neutered.

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Council OKs amended bill to govern pet stores in city

Family Puppy faces softer restrictions

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER


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The Family Puppy Store, a pet shop that sells only dogs, is accused by animal rights groups of buying animals from ‘puppy mills.’
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A store in West Toledo that sells puppies will be allowed to remain with some new restrictions, but new pet shops seeking to open after Jan. 1 will face much tougher regulations under a law approved Tuesday by Toledo City Council.

The compromise version of a controversial law regulating cat and dog sales in Toledo was approved 11-1, with Councilman Mike Craig the lone dissenter.

The law prohibits the sale or exchange of “companion animals” in pet shops, retail businesses, and commercial establishments not in operation on or before Jan. 1, 2014, unless the animals are obtained from a “legitimate animal shelter or animal-control agency, humane society, or nonprofit rescue organization, and the animals are spayed or neutered.”

Family Puppy, a southeast Michigan chain, opened in October at Franklin Park Mall amid controversy and protests. John Stottele, who co-owns Family Puppy with his wife, Deb, has said he obtains puppies from about 20 primarily Amish breeders in Indiana.

The first proposal would have required Family Puppy to comply with the tougher restrictions on where it could obtain animals.

Councilman Rob Ludeman, a supporter of the original proposal, offered the compromise at council’s regular meeting Tuesday.

“The Chamber of Commerce pointed out that no ordinance was in place when the store opened, and how could we retroactively cause them to close?” he asked.

As approved, the law allows the store to sell only puppies more than 8 weeks old to customers age 18 or older; must implant the animals with identifying microchips and provide initial vaccinations, and pay a $50 fee for any dog that is not spayed or neutered.

“So we are promoting spaying or neutering,” Mr. Ludeman said. “I don’t think it would be too restrictive that it would force them to close.”

Mr. Stottele could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Susan Robinson, a retired teacher from Woodville who testified last month in favor of the original language, said a group opposing the sale of puppies from “puppy mills” would continue its weekly protests of Family Puppy outside the mall.

The law also requires any pet shop to provide the breeder’s name and address, if known, and whether the person from whom the dog or cat was obtained is a dealer licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture or the state of Ohio. Violations are first-degree misdemeanors.

In other business, council voted 10-2 to approve a request from Toledo Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins to hike the salary range for the city’s next director of business development, a post he said would be confirmed by council. The salary cap increased from $92,500 to $135,000.

Councilman Adam Martinez and Joe McNamara voted no.

Mr. Collins said the salary raise for that position will be more than offset by cuts he plans for the mayor’s staff in 2014.

Contact Ignazio Messina at: imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171 or on Twitter @IgnazioMessina.

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Council: Pet store can stay open, but no new stores allowed
Written by Bailey G. Dick | | bdick@toledofreepress.com

During its last meeting of the year, members of Toledo City Council passed legislation that allows existing pet stores that sell dogs and cats to remain open, but prohibits new stores from opening in the city.


Debbie and John Stottele own the Family Puppy at Franklin Park Mall. Toledo Free Press photo by Kim Sanchez

As part of the new legislation, stores like The Family Puppy, which recently opened at Franklin Park Mall, will have to comply with a series of regulations.

Animals sold will be required to have a series of vaccinations and be microchipped. Store owners will also face a $50 fine for each animal sold that is not spayed or neutered. The store will also be required to supply customers with written proof of the name and address of the breeder, as well as a record of the animal’s health and vaccinations.

The amendment, which was proposed by Councilman Rob Ludeman and Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson, was passed by a vote of 11-1. Councilman Mike Craig was the only “no” vote.

Ludeman called the legislation “a mixed breed amendment” and said he was pleased with the way it turned out.

“This ordinance is not perfect, and it doesn’t accomplish what both sides want. So maybe that makes it a good piece of legislation,” Ludeman said.

“I think it will promote people going to a breeder of note and record like my wife and I have done in the past,” Ludeman said. “I would definitely do my research and go online.”

Craig called the amendment “bad legislation.”

“People assert that this will stop certain things from happening, but it’s just not going to help them in any way,” Craig said.

“It just kind of ruffled my fur,” he added.

Several issues

John Stottele, who owns The Family Puppy with his wife Debbie, said he was happy his store had been grandfathered in with the new ordinance, but said he has several issues with the way the ordinance is written.

“We’re thrilled that we can stay open, and we think that we offer a service to residents of Toledo to find a good source to buy a puppy. We’re just kind of the middle man. The breeders ask us to find families that want to buy their puppies. Our breeders are screened by us and it’s a good way for a family to say, ‘They’ve gone and seen the breeders so we don’t have to’,” Stottele said.

The Family Puppy chain of pet stores is based in southeast Michigan; it obtains its puppies from about 20 Amish breeders in northern Indiana. Stottele said his stores already comply with a number of conditions required by the new ordinance, including microchipping, vaccinations and providing customers with information about the pet’s health and background.

Stottele did take issue with three facets of the new ordinance, all related to vaccinations puppies sold in the city are required to have.

“One thing that is a problem is that the vaccinations that they are requiring are outdated,” Stottele said. “No veterinarian I know of will give 8-week-old puppy leptospirosis until they are 12 weeks of age. It’s not safe to have them vaccinated that young.”

Stottele said most veterinarians giving puppies a rabies vaccine between 17 and 18 weeks of age, and that giving puppies that vaccination by the 8-week requirement imposed by the new ordinance would have an adverse effect on the other vaccines given to the dogs at that time.

Stottele also said he had hoped the parvovirus vaccine, which he said is given to his dogs, would be added to the list of required vaccinations.

Stottele said he is looking forward to his store being in the city for many years to come.

“I hope we’ll prove to City Council that the ordinance that they’ve passed didn’t need to be there at all because pet stores aren’t the problem. Breeders are the problem,” Stottele said. “We do have a sign that says, ‘Have you visited an animal shelter first?’ and we have 40 percent of kennel space devoted to rescue. We would like to partner with a local rescue to let them use space in our store to have a meet and greet adoption day. They do that at other pet stores. Why not ours?”

Many local animal welfare advocates said they are happy with some of what was included in the new ordinance, but were left feeling as if the legislation did not go far enough.

John Dinon, the Ohio director of outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States, said he has mixed feelings about the ordinance.

“I think that this ordinance is pretty much like any piece of animal welfare legislation in Ohio or Toledo. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but it’s an improvement,” Dinon said. “I would have liked for it to not allow people to sell dogs and cats in Toledo that didn’t come from a shelter, and I would also have liked for them not to sell animals that haven’t been spayed or neutered.”

Dinon said that while he understands how it would have been perceived as unfair to force The Family Puppy to close, he is also concerned about the store being the only pet store in the city to sell dogs and cats.

“It’s also unfair to give them a monopoly,” Dinon said. “Responsible breeders do not sell their animals through pet stores. So if a pet store says they only get USDA inspections, there is no assurance that animals are treated humanely.”

Dinon said pet stores tend to get the animals they sell from “puppy mills.”

“The difference is rehoming homeless pets or supporting the puppy mill industry,” Dinon said. “Puppy mills don’t give breeding dogs a great quality of life. They tend to have health and social problems. We already have an overpopulation problem, and selling animals, particularly ones that are not spayed and neutered, doesn’t make sense.”

Susan Robinson, who attended the City Council meeting and is part of the Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates, said she was upset that the ordinance was not as restrictive as it could have been, but was happy to see that it did pass.

“We made it impossible that any other store like this can open in Toledo, and we also increased public awareness of the problems with puppy mills,” Robinson said.

She said the organization, which has been holding protests against stores like The Family Puppy for the past few months on Saturdays at Franklin Park, is planning to keep a close watch on the store, with the hope of seeing it close.

“Toledo has set a precedent for other cities with the passage of this ordinance. And it creates less of a demand for the puppies from puppy mills,” Robinson said.

The ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1.

Any store that open after Jan. 1 will be prohibited from selling puppies and kittens unless the animals are obtained from a legitimate animal shelter, animal control agency, humane society or nonprofit rescue organization and the animals are spayed or neutered.

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New year brings new laws to city and state
by Bryant Maddrick

Posted: 01.01.2014 at 10:47 PM

TOLEDO -- 2014 is here, and lots of new laws are in effect.

First up, pet store crack down. Toledo City Council passed an ordinance that would make it illegal to sell pets that come from inhumane breeding facilities. The law came after complaints started rolling in to city council about pet store retailer, "The Family Puppy." Dog rights advocates claimed the store was a puppy mill. The store's owner said they're wrong. City council passed the ordinance to make sure there's no problems.

Glass city residents may have a problem with another measure city council approved in May. Beginning Wednesday, water rates for about half million residents will increase by 13.2 percent.

The increase, put in place by outgoing Mayor Mike Bell is said to fund millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades to the city's water treatment plant.

Changes are also coming across the buckeye state. Workers will get a slight increase in their pay check. The state's minimum wage for untipped workers goes up $.10 cents from $7.85 to $7.95 an hour. Tipped employees will get a nickel more in their wages shooting up from $3.93 to $3.98 an hour.

And if you want that exotic animal, you're going to need a permit. Whether it's a certain snake, tiger, or bird, if you don't have the green light from the state department of agriculture, you'll be breaking to law.

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The Family Puppy moved to Toledo.
Guess who was waiting? Weekly protests continue!

Meetup Members

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.
Pam Sordyl
Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan
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Pamela01
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Clarkston, MI
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Meetup Members,
Michigan's largest chain opened a new store in Toledo last year and have been greeted with weekly protests and a new ordinance limiting sales. The media continues to cover the campaign - now asking about the store's claims the animals have no genetic defects. A veterinarian was on site at the protest to say the store was incorrect. These defects do not always correct themselves. Shame on the family puppy for shipping in known genetic defects.

ORGANIZATION LOOKS TO SHUTTER FRANKLIN PARK’S FAMILY PUPPY

Toledo owner defends business on 1-year anniversary of opening

BY ALEXANDRA MESTER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Every Saturday, the busy intersection at Monroe and Talmadge in West Toledo becomes even noisier as frequent honking adds to the din.

Animal advocates have made the corner their home base for the last year to protest the Family Puppy store in the Franklin Park Mall.

About 40 people attended the one-year anniversary protest Saturday. Susan Robinson, organizer of the grass-roots Boycott the Family Puppy Store group, said the goal is to educate the public about puppy mills and reduce sales at the Toledo store to put it out of business.

“Every week, we hand out flyers to people who roll their windows down and talk to us,” Ms. Robinson said. “We get a lot of people honking and waving.”

The Family Puppy, a southeast Michigan chain, opened last October amid plenty of controversy. Just two months after it opened, Toledo City Council passed an ordinance that bans the sale or exchange of companion animals in pet shops, retail businesses, and commercial establishments not in operation on or before Jan. 1, 2014, unless the animals come from a “legitimate animal shelter or animal-control agency, humane society, or nonprofit rescue organization, and the animals are spayed or neutered.”

The Family Puppy, which buys its puppies from primarily Amish breeders in northern Indiana, opened before the ordinance went into effect. It must pay the city a $50 fee per animal sold that has not been spayed or neutered. According to city records, the store has sold 124 puppies from January through August this year.

Advocates say responsible breeders do not work with pet stores. They say stores get puppies from large commercial breeding operations — frequently called puppy mills — that focus on profit and often house animals in deplorable conditions.

“They are horrific businesses,” protester Theresa Rupp of Whitehouse said. “It’s all about profit, not about the care of the animal.”

John Stottele, who owns the Family Puppy with his wife, Deb, said he works with 15 to 20 handpicked breeders, and requires the parent dogs be examined for genetic defects such as bad knees and hips.

“We buy dogs that are healthy,” Mr. Stottele said. “We’re not going to buy dogs that will have ongoing problems.”

He said his requirements of breeders, like exercise yards and quarterly veterinary visits, go above and beyond the requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Breeders with five or more breeding females by law must be licensed by the USDA.

“We have a 32-inch TV in the store with a video running of all of our breeders and their facilities so customers can see them,” Mr. Stottele said. “They can see [the dogs] running and playing.”

Mr. Stottele said most of his suppliers have fewer than 50 adult breeding dogs.

“It’s not the number that matters,” he said. “It’s they way they treat their dogs. If they are working at it, someone who has 100 dogs can be as good as someone with five dogs.”

But advocates say Mr. Stottele is smoke-screening.

The Family Puppy ships dogs first to its Michigan stores, then to the Toledo store when they are old enough to have a rabies shot as required by the city ordinance. Puppies in the Toledo store are at least 13 weeks old.

Health certificates signed by a veterinarian and sent to the Michigan Department of Agriculture, which is required to ship dogs from the Indiana breeders to the Michigan stores, note genetic defects in some dogs purchased by the Family Puppy. Those include skull plates that have not closed properly and leave an open gap, kneecaps that pop out of place, hernias, undescended testicles, folded eyelids that cause fur or eyelashes to rub against the eye, narrow nostrils that affect a dog’s breathing, and underbites and overbites.

Of 955 puppies shipped to the Family Puppy in Michigan in 2013, records show 144 had genetic or other medical concerns, such as ear mites. Some puppies had multiple conditions. It is unclear if any puppies with noted genetic defects have been sent to the Toledo store.

“One of [Mr. Stottele’s] repeated statements is that his puppies are free from congenital or hereditary disorders, and that’s not the truth,” Ms. Robinson said.

Mr. Stottele said problems like small gaps in the skull, low-grade floating kneecaps, narrow nostrils, and undescended testicles will often self-correct as a puppy ages. Those that don’t are fixed, if possible, at the company’s expense.

“I haven’t had a single complaint from our customers in Toledo,” he said.

But Dr. Wayne North, a Perrysburg veterinarian who is involved in the protests, said Mr. Stottele is incorrect. Some skull gaps will not close properly, leaving a puppy open to potential brain damage if it strikes its head on an object. Dr. North said such injuries can kill puppies.

He also said growth and time will not correct floating kneecaps or narrow nostrils.

“A genetic defect is a genetic defect,” he said. “They have to be corrected with surgery, and some of them can’t be fixed.”

Mr. Stottele couldn’t say if the protests have affected his business.

“I can’t answer that question,” he said. “Customers do come in and ask about it.”

Contact Alexandra Mester: amester@theblade.com, 419-724-6066, or on Twitter @AlexMesterBlade.

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Pamela01
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Need 100 more small used dogs!
Please drop off preferably small used (can be very used) stuffed dogs at the locations listed below by Wednesday Oct 15 at 7 p.m. We need to collect 100 dogs to be given away at the Novi Dog Park Grand Opening event on Oct 18th. Each dog will represent the 144 puppies with defects that were shipped to the Family Puppy Stores in 2013. The Family Puppy has one location in Novi.

Drop Off Locations:

Wags N Whiskers Pet Salon
2606 Benstein Road
Commerce Township, MI 48390

Macomb County TBD

If you would like to offer to provide a pick-up location, please reply to this message and I will add it to this message which will be posted on our Discussion Board. Thank you.

Buying & reselling puppies with genetic defects is unacceptable, irresponsible and deceitful. There were 10 different visable ‘defects’ that were noted on their shipping records and other things like ear mites, broken teeth, missing teeth, and scares. Some of inherited items cost families thousands of dollars. These defects will be illustrated on our stuffed dogs to educate the public about over-breeding and inbreeding at commercial kennels.

1. Umbilical hernia – repair could cost up to $500
2. Inguinal hernia – repair could cost up to $1200, depending on severity
3. Luxating patella(s) (loose knee caps) – surgical repair is $2500 to $3000 per leg, if ongoing arthritis becomes a problem there will be ongoing costs
4. Cryptorchid – surgical neuter to get testicle from abdomen could cost up to $500, if testicle is not retrieved there is a 75% chance it will become a malignant tumor
5. Open fontanel (unclosed skull)– no cost to repair because it can’t be repaired, but dogs with open fontanelle will be more prone to seizures, hydrocephalus, and neurologic problems
6. Entropion (inverted eyelids - $500 - $2000 depending on how many lids need repair
7. Heart murmur - $550 + for echocardiogram, if pup has something genetic like a PDA, surgical repair runs $5,000+
8. Stenotic nares (narrow nostrils)– surgical repair $1,000+
9. Overbite / Underbite – more prone to dental problems, will require more dental care, $250-$500 per year
10. Ear mites – Under $50 to treat but may have chronic ear problems
If you are interested in volunteering to leaflet at the Dog Park Grand Opening please RSVP our meetup event. http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/events/211188472/­

Pam Sordyl
Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan
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Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
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Friday, October 17th, 2014
BLADE STAFF

The Family Puppy store in Toledo is being sued after a girl was injured by a puppy there.

Lori Dewey of Toledo filed the lawsuit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court this month on behalf of her 14-year-old daughter, Brandi. She is seeking $25,000 in damages.

The girl and a friend were visiting The Family Puppy store inside Franklin Park Mall last December and were allowed to visit with a Labradoodle puppy in a pen inside the store without proper supervision, the suit said. Ms. Dewey said the puppy jumped on her daughter, tearing her sweatshirt, before biting her calf.

The scratch caused bruising and swelling and left a scar Ms. Dewey said her daughter is self-conscious about, the filing said.

John Stottele, who co-owns the southeast Michigan-Ohio pet store chain with his wife, Deb, declined to comment.

The Deweys’ attorney, Chad Mulkey of Toledo, said Ms. Dewey filled out an incident report with the store, but neither he nor Ms. Dewey received a response from The Family Puppy.

The store opened a year ago amid intense controversy about the source of the puppies there. The grass-roots Boycott The Family Puppy Store group continues to picket at the corner of Monroe Street and Talmadge Road each Saturday.

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