If The Little Pet Shop is still selling puppies in April, we will begin a public education campaign including regular protests starting on April 15th.
Why are we launching a public education campaign?
The new owners of the Little Pet Shop declined our invitation to become a pet friendly store and recently shipped in puppies from a large Minnesota Broker named Patrick Fulton (Fulton Enterprises).
The owners have no experience selling animals and ignored further discussions to promote humane pet acquisitions by working with local rescue groups instead.
The Reliance Animal Hospital has teamed up with the new owners of the pet store previously called Utica Pet Supply with the knowledge that these puppies are coming from out-of-state where families can not visit the kennel. The attending veterinarian is well aware the high cost of treating a genetically defective animals and also knows that these are directly related to irresponsible breeding (in breeding and over breeding). The clinic was well aware that Utica Pet supply had a long 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. Our investigation revealed the store has continued to work with large out-of-state breeders in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. One such breeder—Canterbury Tails Pets, LLC, Kansas—inspection report read, “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 kennel between 370 – 450 adult dogs.
You can follow our campaign under the Meetup Discussions or on our The Little Pet S hop Boycott Facebook Page
Parking: Park on the side
street south of The Little Pet Shop. McClellan St.
Signs: We will have some signs to hold.
1) Do not go into the store, before, during or after the rally. If you choose to protest, you can no longer go into the store to check anything out on any day.
2) Do not walk or park in the plaza lot. We have to stay on public property.
3) Do not stand too close to the entrance.
4) Do not block the view of vehicles pulling out of the plaza.
5) Do not interrupt the flow of traffic. If cars stop, make sure they pull in and keep moving.
6) If it looks like rain we will still protests. Most signs are plastic covered and we have plastic bags for signs the public brings out. We will not protest if there is lightening.
7) Please leave your dogs at home. We do not recommend having animals at protests that are near traffic and subject to potentially bad weather.