|Sent on:||Monday, November 7, 2011 11:22 AM|
Secret Puppy Shoppers
Test Pet Store Disclosure Practices
Group finds Michiganpet stores would
be in violation of proposed Pet Lemon Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2011
CONTACT: Pam Sordyl,[masked], [address removed]
Between March and September of 2011, Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan members posed as puppy shoppers to question 23 Detroit-area pet stores about their suppliers, with the goal of supporting state wide disclosure requirements.
“Breeder information, such as names and addresses, can help protect conscientious Michigan customers from unknowingly contributing to animal neglect and abuse at puppy mill operations.” said Pam Sordyl, the group’s founder.
The investigation found that a total of 13 out of 23 establishments did not provide breeder names, 100 percent of the establishments did not provide details about the puppy's parents beyond sire and dam names, and 95 percent did not allow viewing of the parents.
Click here to read the full investigation: Pet Store Disclosure Survey
The group’s prior investigations, which included examining breeder shipping records, have revealed that puppy mill operations were supplying the same stores that claimed that all of their puppies come from reputable AKC breeders. Many of the stores stated
that they work with local breeders, but USDA records show there are no USDA breeders in the Detroit area.
“With disclosure requirements like those in S.B. 574, the proposed new Pet Lemon Law, pet stores would be held more accountable for working with licensed kennels.” said Sordyl.
Kennels who sell to pet stores must be licensed by the USDA to sell wholesale. Licensing will ensure that the kennels are inspected – generally at least once a year. However, because USDA regulations are so minimal, licensing and inspections alone will still not ensure animals in breeding facilities are living in healthy environments. Because of this, Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan suggests that the public avoid pet stores and choose to adopt an animal instead through local animal shelters, humane societies and animal rescue groups.
“Buyers can make more informed decisions when purchasing their next family member with access to kennel information such as a breeder name and city.” said Sordyl. As of 2009, puppy buyers have access to kennel inspection reports and inventories online through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.
“This disclosure survey will hopefully support the passage of disclosure requirements recently added to Senator Bieda’s Pet Lemon Law bill S.B. 574.” said Sordyl.
Click here to read the entire text of S.B. 574: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2011-SB-0574
MICHIGAN PET STORES SURVEYED:
1 The Family Puppy, Flint
2 The Family Puppy, Brighton
3 The Family Puppy, Roseville
4 The Family Puppy, Novi
5 The Family Puppy, Troy
6 Pawsitively Spoiled, Brighton
7 Shaggy Dog, Utica
8 Critter Pet Shop, Allen Park
9 Pet City Pets Wyandotte
10 Pet City Pets, Ypsilanti
11 Westland Dog Food Company, Westland
12 House of Pets, Garden City
13 Paws-n-Claws Pet Supplies, Eastpointe
14 Pollywood Pets & Acc Inc, Mt. Clemens
15 The Pet Place, Marine City
16 Barking Babes Pet Boutique, Fenton
17 Petland, Novi
18 Pet Station, Dearborn Heights
19 Downtown Hound Pet Center, Monroe
20 Teacups & Toys A Pet Boutique, Birmingham
21 Greenwood Pets & Plants, Warren
22 The Doggie Parlor, Eastpointe
23 Utica Pet Supply, Utica
The Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup of Southeast Michiganis working to end the mass production of dogs in commercial kennels ("puppy mills"). Our mission is to educate the public about the cruel cycle of commercial dog breeding and the pet store link.