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PRESS RELEASE: Puppy Mill Awareness Launches Puppy Store Campaign in Westland Michigan

From: Pam
Sent on: Sunday, September 11, 2011 11:38 AM

Puppy Mill Awareness Launches Puppy Store Campaign in Westland Michigan


Michigan dog advocates join groups around the nation for
Puppy Mill Awareness Day to help spread the word
about commercial breeding at a peaceful rally.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2011
CONTACT: Pam Sordyl, [address removed],[masked]

Westland, Mich. – On Saturday, September 17, 2011, the Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup will be holding a rally at the Westland Dog Food Co pet store from 12:00 pm to 2:00 p.m in Westland. Events such as this will be held all over the country for the annual national Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Concern citizens are invited to join the event and help spread the word about the cruel conditions in large scale-commercial breeding facilities.

Westland Dog Food Co is located 37687 Ford Rd. Westland, Michigan.

The focus of the rally is the fact that Westland Dog Food Co continues to work with brokers and mass-producing commercial breeders whom the USDA has cited for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

“We have been reaching out to the store owners since July with letters and invitiations to stop selling puppies with no response.” said Pam Sordyl, the groups founder. “We are offering to help the store transition to a pet-friendly business model and will promote them as the first store in Michigan to go humane”.

Investigation Findings

The group’s investigation revealed that the Westland Dog Food Co has worked with breeders from Arkansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin with most of the dogs coming from Missouri since 2001.


MAM Kennels in Lamar, Missouri—was featured in an HSUS investigation and was included in their “Missouri’s Dirty Dozen” list. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection reports show that MAM Kennels was cited for repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act related to severe overcrowding, lack of shelter or bedding, dogs without the minimum space required, and no veterinary care for two years. One violation report read,


“There are 2 dogs - a yellow lab in pen #6 and a rottweiler in pen #64 that have injuries and need to be see by a Veterinarian. The lab is limping on the left front paw. The rottweiler is walking with a humpbacked gait and is very thin. Both of these animals must be seen by a veterinarian to access their medical condition.”


David Remey of Boonville, Arkansas, was inspected by the USDA in December 2010. The investigator found that the outside runs of the dog enclosures had a build-up of animal waste. There were areas of the enclosure where the animals could not move freely without coming into contact with feces.


“This is disgusting,” said Sordyl. “Michigan families care about their pets, while Westland Dog Food Co. has a history of working with out-of-state breeders who are mistreating their animals.”


Over the years, Westland Dog Food Co. has worked with over 40 different out-of-state breeders and brokers, some of whom have also supplied puppies to Petland Novi. Those breeders’ kennel inventories range from 21 to 482 adult dogs.


Michigan Department of Agriculture Investigation



The Michigan Department of Agriculture launched an investigation of Westland Dog Food Co.’s health certificates after finding that 44 % of its puppies were being imported illegally into the state. From June 2009 to December 2010, 25 of the puppies’ health certificates were rejected for not having the vaccinations required for import into Michigan.

Pet stores, including Westland Dog Food Co, will tell customers that they do not get dogs from puppy mills, but only mass-breeding facilities can fulfill the demand for retail pet store orders. Responsible breeders won’t sell dogs to pet stores for resale.


Puppy Mill Awareness is asking Southeast Michigan pet stores, including Westland Dog Food Co, to agree to the following:


• Stop selling animals acquired from breeders in their store(s) or on the Internet.
• Agree to transfer, sell or retail only dogs that are "rescued," coming from animal shelters or 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue groups—not from Craigslist or other retail websites.
• Agree to make these changes in every other business in which the store may have an interest, either currently or in the future.


The Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup is working to build awareness toward ending mass production of dogs in "puppy mills." The group’s public education campaign teaches the public about the origins of pet store puppies and lobbies for stronger laws and regulations for animal breeding.


Learn more about Puppy Mill Awareness

For more information, or to arrange an interview with a Puppy Mill Awareness member, please contact Pam Sordyl at[masked] or [address removed].



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