This is the reality of where those cute puppies in the window come from!

Stop the sale of puppy mill dogs!

Today is Puppy Mill Awareness Day and to honor the millions of dogs suffering in puppy mills across the nation I participated in a protest outside of the Petland puppy store on Rd 68 in Pasco. If you have been following the story, they have had 4 sick dogs with Parvovirus since opening in July and only two survived. In the story that ran in the Herald today the owner claimed that they did not buy their puppies from brokers, but rather private breeders and USDA certified breeders (which by the way is a puppy mill) But then later this same day they contradicted themselves in the KEPR TV news story about our protest when they said they buy their dogs from a "middleman in Missouri"!!! (aka puppy mill broker) Oprah Winfrey did a special report on puppy mills a couple of months ago and discovered that virtually 100% of the dogs raised at commercial breeders in the Midwest were puppy mills. The truth is at www.awarenessday.org , are you ready for it? I am not saying don't ever buy a purebred puppy. I am saying you need to buy a puppy from a reputable breeder. You should go and see where the puppy was born and raised. Puppies from mills can carry horrible diseases and incurable birth defects, they can have severe behavioral problems due to lack of socialization, they are notoriously hard to potty train because they have been kept in cramped cages where they could not move away from their own messes. Encourage your friends and family to buy responsibly or adopt a pet. Many loveable small dogs and purebreds are waiting for homes at www.petfinder.com many of them were rescued from horrible breeders. Buy your supplies at stores that sponsor pets for adoption. Don't support commercially bred dogs. Puppy mills breed misery.

Audrey Ulrich

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ivone says ... on Tuesday, Sep 29 at 9:51 AM

i am having a protest on suday on rd 68 from noon to two come support thank you...stop puppy mills

Hank Barthuly says ... on Tuesday, Feb 24 at 7:42 AM

It is so sad to think of the poor puppys that have to live this way. I did get one and my little lady is doing good. Me and my wife went to court over this puppy mill in Finley. I will keep on it to. What my wive seen there was very sad.

Kimberley says ... on Tuesday, Dec 2 at 12:38 PM

I tried to adopt a dog from a shelter but was unable to because I needed a letter from my landlord (even though my lease does not have a no pets clause). I bought from a pet store and so far so good. The dog is wonderful.

Audrey says ... on Saturday, Nov 22 at 6:54 PM

The Humane Society of the United States has released the results of their 8 month investigation into Petland. Drum roll please... puppymill puppies. http://www.hsus.org/pets/pets_related_news_and_events/petland_puppy_mill_112008.ht

Audrey Ulrich says ... on Sunday, Oct 26 at 10:11 PM

The only way to be sure you don't get a dog from a mill is to see where the puppies were born and visit the breeder of the dogs. Good hobbyist breeders love showing people their dogs and want to meet with you before you get one of their pups.

Audrey says ... on Wednesday, Oct 22 at 6:20 PM

If you suspect your dog came from a puppy mill you can request a report a petshoppuppies.com or you can request the USDA records on a breeder with a USDA number through www.aphis.usda.gov but it takes a long time to get. (Government agencies!)

Alison A. Brendel says ... on Wednesday, Oct 22 at 1:49 PM

As a vet, dog breeder, and a trainer I agree with this. The dogs are often unhealthy, from poor genetic backgrounds, with very little socialization and often only bring heartache to their owners. Find a good breeder or pick a pup from a shelter.

Krista says ... on Tuesday, Oct 21 at 2:48 PM

Of coarse I completely agree, Puppy Mills should be banned in the United States. You would think in the 21st century with our knowledge and compassion, such cruelties would not be in practice yet they are. Animals add precious value to our lives

Cecily says ... on Monday, Oct 20 at 10:55 PM

How do you know if our dog is a puppymill pup?

Donna Barthuly says ... on Friday, Oct 10 at 8:36 AM

I did buy a dachsund from the puppy mill in Finley. I have had numerous problems with my puppy. I had no idea about it being a " puppy mill" but know now I will in the future be alot more careful. Spent $350.00 and so far atleast $350.00 in health

Audrey Ulrich says ... on Thursday, Oct 2 at 8:16 PM

There is a large amount of evidence of puppy mill violations by this chain if you care to look. www.petstorecruelty.org

Joyce Lepper says ... on Monday, Sep 29 at 4:01 PM

I am currently fostering a dog that was rescued from a puppy mill. She was used as a breeder. She's a great dog and I have gained her trust but she is still, after 2 1/2 mos. terrified of strangers. All of the 112 dogs are still terrified!

Angela says ... on Thursday, Sep 25 at 7:57 PM

First, why dont you walk the walk if your going to talk the talk. Find out where these puppies are coming from exactly (evidence) before judging.Thats what your asking us to do before buying a puppy! This is starting to look like a witch hunt. Proof

Marie Martinez says ... on Thursday, Sep 25 at 6:16 PM

I agree. I am totally against the puppy mills! It is horrifying the suffering of the dogs. Whoever is involved should be punished by the law!!! ~ The Barking Playground N.Y.

Debra Otta, CVT says ... on Monday, Sep 22 at 5:12 PM

Please DO NOT frequent any business that supports these puppy mills. As a licensed veterinary technician and a pet advocate I can personally attest to the poor health conditions. Every puppy you buy will mean at least one more unwanted one euthanized

Mel McLeod says ... on Monday, Sep 22 at 4:52 PM

As a trainer, I can attest that puppies from mills are very hard to train or socialize. These dogs have been traumatized. I don't believe that anyone would choose to support a puppy mill outlet if they were aware of the conditions the dogs are in.

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