Tia, I think it is both that people don't know and that many don't care or, as stated before, think they are rescuing a dog. They don't stop to think about the mother they are sentencing to another litter. I have one of these puppy mill dogs and I am fostering another one. Neither one of them is normal but they are absolutely heaven sent as far as I am concerned. I have also had people tell me that we should offer money to person such as this to get a dog from them not realizing it does NOTHING to stop what they are doing. Until the public steps up and says no more and refuses to buy any dogs from a petshop and lobbies for legislation against these places it will continue. The puppies in the store may suffer at some ruthless pet shops but not nearly as much as the mothers suffer. Katie the red dachshund in my avatar is a mill survivor after having been nearly starved to death. I am attaching her before picture so if you are weak stomached don't scroll down. I have her after picture and I think she is gorgeous. She was starved because she wasn't producing puppies anymore. For months she couldn't eat without shaking and her back legs are stiff from sitting on wire her entire life. She also loses teeth in every dental. She is the sweetest thing. I think this woman is a waste of space and I hope she goes to prison and her cell mate is a murderous animal lover.
This just horrible. I have some questions for those of you who are more familiar with this stuff than I am. I know that it isn't good to purchase puppies from pet shops and Tia said something that sparked my interest. She said no respectable breeder would sell to pet shops. For those of us who really don't know, why should a breeder not sell to petshops? I ask because there is a pet shop in my area that sells pups. They advertise that their puppies do not come from puppy mills and that they come from a "BJ and Guys Kennel" I think when they say this it gives people the impression that it is ok to buy from them. These pups are AKC registered.
I am really glad that you asked. I did a little research on Sharon Munk, the owner of BJ & Guys Kennels. This is a USDA registered kennel. Kennels like this are what this story was originally about. Large USDA kennels only have to provide the minimum for their breeding stock and breeding stock is all these animals are. They live in cages their entire lives, have no human contact and typically do not get vet care when they are ill. The owners are required to provide them with food, water and shelter. I could go on and on but I think that pictures speak volumes.
Top two pictures are puppy mill moms and Pictures of USDA ran facilities:
THE DIFFERENCE IN A QUALITY BREEDER AND A USDA BREEDER:
Responsible breeders wouldn't sell to pet stores for several reasons but most importantly probably is that they would want to personally make sure that their dogs are going to the best homes possible by at least meeting potential owners. Additionally, a responsible breeder takes good care of their puppies and parents. This makes their cost per puppy higher than pet stores are willing to pay. Pet stores buy puppies for $50-100 per dog and then turn around and sell them for hundreds or more. You can imagine the "care" that goes into producing a dog that a breeder can afford to sell for $50.
A few articles that I pulled for you from puppy mill watch sites:
Bundle up and join the NC division of the Puppy Mill Awareness Day Organization for a peaceful protest against The Pet Pad!!!!
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The Pet Pad (formerly known as PetLand, it was notorious for dealing with puppy mills), sells puppies they claim to purchase from "breeder" Sharon Munk or BJ & Guys Kennels. Sharon Munk is actually licensed with the USDA as a breeder and broker in Menlo, Kansas. She farms and brokers puppies!
In this group, I'm confident we all agree that puppies do not belong in pet stores or in the mills that produce them. The holiday season is the perfect time to bring awareness to the pain and suffering of the puppy mill dogs. Perhaps what's more important, we need to spread the word on the sheer number loving dogs that are waiting to be adopted, that buying a puppy is essentially denying a homeless dog a home.
Please come out and help The Awareness Day Organization educate by handing out brochures and getting our message out?NO MORE PUPPY MILLS!!!!
We need your help. The larger the crowd the louder our voice will be! Make a sign or just be present and make a statement that could save hundreds of lives this holiday season. We are the only voice that they have?.let's speak for the victims.
If you can join us please RSVP to [masked]
Links: Puppy Mill Awareness Day Puppy Mills Breed Misery - info Sick puppies from PetLand, the former store. PetPad puppies are transported from Kansas - that isn't ideal... Hope to see you there this Saturday!!
I have been boycotting this store...if anyone would like to share with me any info they might have or if you have bought a dog from Just Paws Pets please email me at (deleted). I have researched the breeders/brokers they use and get this: BJs & Guys LLC (Sharon Munk) of Menlo, Kansas: Is a broker/breeder (which means other breeders give them their pups to sell to pet store and they breed dogs too) who has had numerous USDA violations and it was reported that in 2006 they had 976 Adult dogs and 534 puppies on their property---no wonder they had violations!(CAN YOU SAY PUPPY MILL? ________________________________________________