Pets for sale in the store? Walk out the door!

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USDA: Stop Online Puppy MillsCopy & paste the URL into your browser — & then vote to stop on-line puppy mills:    As an active member of the rescue community I have seen the effects of puppy mills first hand and would appreciate your support. I will be submitting this petition to the USDA so please sign by or on July 16 when the comments are due – if not please just keep on signing and sharing to show the continued interest in this issue!  The problem is that right now many puppy breeding facilities that sell puppies are not licensed or regularly inspected for basic humane treatment of animals. These places sell online, on the phone, or through the mail without even giving people a chance to see the animal like you would in a regular, inspected and licensed store.   While I’m a rescuer and would always encourage you to adopt an animal, the fact is that this huge USDA loophole is being exploited by those who breed and sell animals without being held to basic animal welfare standards.

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Puppy mills are large-scale, commercial dog-breeding operations that mass-produce puppies for retail sale in pet stores & over the Internet. Focused solely on making a profit, these facilities force-breeding dogs to endure constant breeding cycles & are typically confined for years on end, in cramped, barren wire cages, stacked on top of one another for years on end.     Help Texas Dogs & Cats in Breeding Facilities

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Pups for sale in the store?  Walk out the door!  Pet-store puppy = “Blood” puppy from one of US’ 10,000 puppy mills

Hundreds of thousands of dogs suffer in puppy mills in this country. These dogs are Prisoners of Greed.  Contact Citizens Against Puppy Mills   Webmaster  Sign Up to Volunteer   Help STOP this from happening.  Large “wholesale” dog breeding facility (puppy mill) approved for Gorham, NY   Published February 1st, 2012 by Joanne Brokaw   According to the Messenger Post newspapers in Canandaigua, NY, plans for a new dog breeding facility have been approved by the Ontario County Planning Board. The facility ”could house hundreds of dogs in a new building planned for 4446 Route 247, north of the intersection of Lake to Lake Road” in Gorham, NY.     The Ontario County Planning Board unanimously approved Curtis & Jolene Martins’ request for a special use permit, as well as the Martin’s site plan following a public hearing last week. According to the article:     “The Martins presented detailed engineering & design plans for what Harvey said would be a wholesale business in a new building equipped for anywhere from 200 to 600 dogs, depending on the size of the animals.”    The Martins run a puppy mill called Puppies R Us in Varick, NY, in Seneca County, a notorious hotbed for puppy mill breeding facilities. Animal welfare groups across the country keep their eyes on what happens there.   So here’s the catch: the Martin’s new facility is planned for Gorham, NY, which is in Ontario County. Not in the notorious puppy mill hotbed of Seneca County.   On December 19, 2011, Curtis Martin and the architect for the proposed facility, Curtis Long, appeared before the Gorham, NY planning board to address the board’s questions & concerns about noise, waste removal, & construction.     Martin said the facility would “disturb” about 3/4 of an acre for about a facility that would house about 500 dogs. Did I read that right? Because if that’s not a flaming, blazing red flag, I don’t know what is.     Martin was also asked about the disposal of dead dogs – he replied that they would be composted or buried on the property.     And when asked by board member Ms. Watkins whether there would be outside kennel facilities, Curtis Martin replied that there would not be, that all kennels would be inside as would exercise runs.    Danger, Will Robinson!!    At least one board member asked about USDA inspections; Martin said that at his other facility, which houses 400 dogs, the USDA inspected twice last year. Martin’s explanation for contamination containment was vague – he proposed not bringing in disease with proper hand washing, & that no one other than employees would be able to enter the facility.     The major problem with this, of course, is the Gorham board’s apparent plan to rely on the USDA to ensure that the Martins actually follow the regulations. If no one except employees are allowed to enter the building, & the USDA only checks in twice a year, isn’t there a lack of oversight?     But there’s a question even bigger than that:    When a planning board looks at a proposal like this, don’t they consider more than just the engineering plans, the environmental impact, the building codes? Do they consider the humanity of such an enterprise? That using dogs to systematically breed & sell puppies has an aspect beyond economic? That we’re talking about living, breathing, feeling animals? Because a “wholesale” facility with a “state of the art” waste removal system that houses between 200 & 600 dogs is still a puppy mill. Just because a female dog is bred over & over & over in a cage with a modern poop removal system doesn’t mean it’s any less humane.     I suspect that wasn’t a large concern. Ontario Planning Board Chairman Tom Harvey is quoted in the story saying, “It is a business in an agricultural district, a sound facility.”      Of course, no one expects a large scale puppy mill in beautiful Ontario County. But just because a clothing manufacturer, for example, has a state of-the-art facility in a manufacturing district doesn’t mean the employees are being treated humanely. And not to anthropomorphize too much, those dogs are the “employees”.     There were some comments from people in attendance. Bill Glitch asked about breeding more small dogs than the public might want; Hella Santee asked about the ground water, since she lives nearby & has a shallow well; Margaret Brewin asked about composting the dead animals with the amount of clay in the soil.     At the end, the board listed some things they wanted more information about: noise, composting dead animals, water runoff, deliveries and storage, how visitors to the facility would decontaminate themselves, disposal system & DEC requirements, water usage calculation, that utilities would be underground, & the number of breeding dogs would be more clearly determined.     Not one single person questioned the morality of a wholesale dog breeding facility, asked what the size of the cages would be, how often the dogs would be exercised, or other questions about the actual care of the animals.     Of course, asking the breeder to make sure not to make noise or otherwise draw attention to the facility only ensures the puppy mill will operate unchecked. Out of sight (& sound), out of mind.     You can read the minutes of the December meeting, along with questions from those in attendance, here. When the public hearing was re-opened on January 23, the Martins apparently addressed concerns satisfactorily enough for the board.     One of the questions from the audience mentioned 4520 Route 247 in Gorham, saying that if the paper has listed that property as the one in question, more people would have come to the meeting. The property appears to be for sale or has a sale pending. The property at 4446 Route 247, where the facility will be, was sold last August for. $275,000. If you live in Gorham, NY, I’d love to know why that might make a difference to residents.     And how do you feel about having a puppy mill in your backyard? Curtis Martin was quoted in the article, when asked about plans for the breeding facility, with this response: “It is my own personal business.” When you run a commercial enterprise like a puppy mill – & when you house 500 adult dogs & process about 1,000 puppies every year … yeah, that’s a puppy mill – are you not accountable to your neighbors? And aren’t your neighbors obligated to ask questions? Or is the attitude different in a primarily agricultural area?
What Is A Puppy Mill?   Published November 9, 2010 @ by CAPM Founder, Lorry Schlick     Despite a barrage of publicity lately concerning the plight of puppy mill dogs, people still ask, “What IS a puppy mill?” It’s been in the news, the 2010 political arena and on Oprah, but yet despite the huge public outcry, the question still remains unanswered for many of us.     A puppy mill, in the most concise sense of the term, is a breeder mass-producing puppies in environments where the parents are confined to small wire cages for life to breed or die. Maximum emphasis is solely on profits, not the welfare of the breeding dogs. Mostly females, living a life of isolation, sickness & despair, they generally don’t live past the age of 6 or 7 as veterinary care is an expense the breeder does not want to incur. It is a shocking revelation, but it is a reality that finds its ugly presence in 99% of pet stores in the US according to Humane Society statistics. Puppies from mills are also sold online to the unknowing public who see a cute face on the internet & does not know the truth behind it. These commercial kennel breeders, often owning hundreds of dogs of all breeds, sell puppies, sight unseen, for enormous profit margins.      So where are these puppy mills & how does one know a puppy mill puppy when they see one? The latter question is easily answered by simply stating that any conscientious breeder who values his reputation within the finicky breeding community will not tarnish it by selling puppies without a thorough interview of the prospective owners. In turn, the prospective owner will see the pup’s mom on the premises looking healthy & normal. This is never the case in a pet store or with an online adoption, for obvious reasons. The assembly line must move quickly & without regard to what problems an owner may incur with the family’s new addition. Problems with sick or genetically defective puppies run rampant in the commercial kennel trade & many owners may then face enormous veterinary expenses.      The numbers are staggering when it comes to sheer numbers of mills in each & every state. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the number of registered puppy mills exceeds 10,000 nationwide, & it’s estimated that Missouri has 30 percent of all the puppy mills in the country with 200,000 breeding animals producing 1 million puppies a year. Even more disheartening, the HSUS estimates that the number of adoptable dogs euthanized in shelters at 2 million a year.      These notorious breeders & their middle men, known as “brokers,” such as the infamous Hunte Corporation in Missouri, will market North American pet stores & the internet voraciously. The unwitting customer sees an adorable puppy, but is hidden from the dark side of this growing industry.      Where are the laws protecting these animals? The US Department of Agriculture is the regulating agency overseeing these commercial kennel breeders. Yes, we’re talking about the same agency that governs the care of our farm animals! “Man’s Best Friend” has no stand alone agency to protect his interest & animal welfare laws provide for only food, water & shelter. Obviously, this is a perfect formula for the evolution of the puppy mill industry which has had disastrous results. The inhumanity toward our most beloved pets, the family dog, has turned the image of pet ownership into an ugly monster that rears its head in every state in the union. And we all must be ashamed when we continue to ask one another, “What is a puppy mill?”     To view this article online with add’l photos including a slideshow, go to      Puppy Mills: What Can We Do to Stop Them? by Lorie Hustion, DVM

Yesterday, I saw a puppy in my practice. He was an adorable little puppy, & his new owner had just purchased him from a local pet shop. Naturally, they were very proud of the new member of their family & very excited. I don’t blame them. I would be too. The problem is that on examining this puppy, I found lots of different problems, most of them genetic in origin. I’m not going to go into the details because they really only matter to the puppy’s new family & to me as his new veterinarian.     However, this puppy’s story is indicative of a much bigger problem. This puppy started life in a puppy mill, & his story is played out every day in veterinary hospitals all across the United States. In fact, Dr. Laci Schaible writes about the same topic in her blog post, My Puppy Mill Plea. The unfortunate part is that these puppies are destined to lead unhealthy lives & many of them will die earlier than necessary because of the health issues they were born with. The other unfortunate thing is that we, as a society, continue to let this happen.

Why Do Puppy Mills Continue to Exist?    Is it just because we, as a society, don’t care? I really don’t think that’s the case. In fact, when the public became aware of the plight of these puppies & their parents through coverage by the mainstream media, many people rushed out to rescue these dogs & the number of puppy mill puppies sold sky-rocketed. Obviously, this was a well-intentioned reaction with an unwanted result!      What Can We Do to Get Rid of Puppy Mills?     I wish I had all the answers here. Unfortunately, I do not! However, here is what I know:

  • If you buy a puppy from a puppy mill, you’re part of the problem instead of part of the solution, no matter how good your intentions are.
  • Most, if not all, pet stores that sell puppies obtain these puppies from puppy mills. When you buy a puppy from a pet store, you increase the demand for  these puppies & once again, you are part of the problem.
  • Pet stores (& puppy mills) are not the only source of purebred puppies. And they are not even the best source. Reputable breeders produce much healthier, better adjusted puppies as well as mixed breed rescues who also make wonderful companion pets. (See the link on this website called ”Reputable Breeders.”)
  • Tell all your family & friends not to shop for puppies in pet stores or at puppy mills. Join a local, pet-shop protest group, if one exists, to bring attention to pet store puppies & the truth behind that puppy in the window.
Is There Something You Can Do to Help Stop Puppy Mills?    There are several things that you can do to help put an end to puppy mills and the cruelty, neglect and abuse that the animals housed there are forced to endure.
  • Do not purchase puppies from pet stores or the Internet.
  • If you are considering purchasing or adopting a new puppy or an adult dog, consider adopting from a shelter or rescue. Check out where one can readily see all the dogs available in your area up for adoption from puppies to seniors, purebred to mixed, all health checked & altered.
  • If you have your heart set on a purebred puppy, purchase from a reputable breeder. Or better yet, consider adopting from a breed rescue. There are breed rescues for all breeds of dogs.
  • Contact your local legislators by writing or calling & telling them you demand better laws for suffering, puppymill breeding dogs. Support legislation that regulates what type of housing & care must be delivered in puppy mills & kennels. Support legislation that bans the sale of live puppies in pet shops. Pet shop owners would have you believe that these laws are part of governmental attempt to legislate small business & argue that this type of legislation oversteps the role government should play in business. Perhaps that’s true in part. However, there is much more at stake here than just a businessman’s ability to run his business. The price that must be paid in animal lives is far too high to allow this particular business decision to persist. How many animals is it okay to sacrifice is the name of free enterprise?
  • Consider fostering or adopting a dog rescued from a puppy mill. Many of these dogs have never seen the light of day, have had inadequate care & are in tough shape. These rescued dogs need safe homes with patient owners.
Blood Pups”: A New Emerging Term for Puppy Mill Puppies?     My friend, Mel Freer, in her blog No Dog About It, recently wrote “Blood Pups: The New Term for a Pet Store Puppy“. In this article, she suggests patterning the nomenclature used for pet store puppies (& puppy-mill puppies) after the so-called “blood diamonds” that are sold in the jewelry industry. The theory here is to bring attention to the origins of these puppies.

Can this approach work? Can stopping puppy mills be as simple as renaming them? Probably not by itself, but as part of an overall plan, it may be effective. One thing is certain: What we are doing now is not enough. We need to do more to stop this abhorrent practice. So perhaps it’s time to consider changing our tactics. The term “blood pups,” in my opinion, pretty effectively illustrates the plight of these puppies & the price being paid by the breeding parents.

Now, it’s your turn. What do you think about using the name “blood pups”? Do you have other ideas for stopping the puppy mills and putting them out of business? Have you rescued a puppy mill survivor? Or purchased a puppy mill puppy? Please leave your comments, suggestions and what you would like seen done on this website’s “Contact Us” link!      Puppy Mill Video     What is a puppy mill and why do pet stores sell these puppies?

A Puppy Mill Raid: Some Get A Second Chance     The HSUS Rescues More Than 100 Animals from Arkansas Puppy Mill     LAMAR, Ark. — Approximately 100 dogs, five cats & two guinea pigs have been given a new lease on life thanks to the diligent efforts of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department & The Humane Society of the United States, who came together to rescue the animals from horrific conditions at a Lamar puppy mill.     “These dogs were being kept not as beloved pets, but as cash crops — churning out litter after litter of puppies for the profit of the property owner,” said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services for The HSUS. “The animals on this property were in dire need of help — one dog was so matted that we had to cut him out of his cage.”      The HSUS was called in by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to assist with this case. This case originated when concerned citizens complained to the Sheriff’s Department and The HSUS of inhumane conditions at the facility. Needy Paws Animal Shelter was also instrumental in obtaining information necessary to build this case. The HSUS is providing animal handling assistance and overseeing sheltering & transport of the rescued animals.      When rescuers arrived at the Lamar property they found a disturbing scene. The dogs, mainly small breeds such as Shih Tzus & Chihuahuas, were being housed in cramped, filthy cages in trailers throughout the property. Some larger dogs were also being kept chained on the property with no protection from the elements. The cats & guinea pigs were also being kept in small cages. Responders found typical puppy-mill conditions; many of the dogs were emaciated & suffering from skin & eye infections as well as other medical ailments. It is likely that many of these animals had never known life outside their cramped enclosures.     Rescuers removed all of the animals & transported them to a nearby emergency shelter. Once at the shelter the dogs were checked by a team of veterinarians & given any necessary immediate medical care. The HSUS & volunteers from United Animal Nations will care for the animals while they recover at their temporary home. PetSmart Charities® provided much-needed sheltering supplies. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department plans to pursue criminal charges against the property owners.      Puppy mill to be OKd in NY– please call or write!    Here is the link.  The 2 KEY ppl are Spvsr Lightfoote flightfoote@ gorham-ny. com and Gordon Freida  GordonFreida@ gorham-ny. com and of course, the Town Board members who only have a phone number listed:       Please be certain that commentary remains courteous….for the sake of the dogs.   Thank you for getting involved     Puppy Mill Fighters     Messages In This Digest (1 Message)   1. Huge Puppy Mill (200-600 Dogs) Passed Planning Board Vote near Canan From: Lorry Schlick

View All Topics | Create New Topic    Message     1.  Huge Puppy Mill (200-600 Dogs) Passed Planning Board Vote near Canan     Posted by: “Lorry Schlick”   jomapeno     Fri Feb 3, 2012 11:36 am (PST)       [Attachment(s) from Lorry Schlick included below]    Hi Deborah,  I am at my wits end over a proposed 200-600 dog PM that was approved in Gorham, NY near Canandaigua Lake near Rochester, NY last week. http://www.fingerla kesdailynews. com/news/ details.cfm? clientid= 16&id=20866 I have contacted the Town Spvsr and we had a very “informational” type talk on the phone. But he mentioned that the law cannot prevent the Board from giving it final approval. It was passed by their planning board thus far.       It is supposed to be “state of the art” with all assurances given by the breeder, Curtis and Jolene Martin that it would be environmentally safe and well-run. Well, we both know this is a bunch of crap! The Spvsr said his vet was there and said how well run and well taken care of him his dogs are which we both know means nothing.      I have always worked on the pet store end of things and now I have a huge puppy mill that may be built near me. I don’t know what tactics to use, if there are any. Any help Companion Animal Protection Society can give us, esp in light of the Gorham Town Board Meeting occurring next Wed eve. would be VERY helpful.       I could just scream over this! SOS!!! Thanks so much for any advice!     Appreciatively,   Lorry      PS- Below find Martin’s USDA inspection reports and some other information I have provided them such as the OIG Report on Problematic Dealers. Unfortunately, I am in Florida now, but I do have a very savvy rep. up there (Melissa Henschen) who is acting on my behalf. I haven’t gone to the Pet Store Puppies site yet to see if there are any reports there yet on problem puppies, but I will now. He is a Class B dealer so he is selling to other breeders & who knows who else? From one report he goes from 200+ dogs to zero on the next. His big problem is the accountability of his dogs….no paperwork. Where did they go?     “Puppies in the store? Walk out the door.”   President, WNY Citizens Against Puppy Mills

—– Original Message —–    From: Lorry Schlick   … Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2012 12:24 PM  Subject: Curtis Martin USDA Inspection Reports  Dear Spvsr. Lightfoote,     Thank you for the opportunity given me to speak to you both on this matter this morning. As requested, here are the USDA Inspection reports from the past 5 years on Mr. Martin. I had forgotten to mention that Mr. Martin is a Class B broker who can sell to other breeders as well as research facilities and as I stated, as of his last inspection, he continues to not keep records of these transactions. Where do these dogs go? Is he euthanizing them himself illegally or using inhumane methods? Those are questions that need to be asked & answered, but with no records there is no proof.     As I had mentioned, the Town of Romulus, NY passed a bill in 2009 placing a moratorium on any new or expanded puppy mills. Perhaps the board could consider this step as well to prevent such controversial businesses from tainting your community. I have attached the legislation for your review. I have been unable to find what has since occurred after the one year moratorium expired in 2010 as to whether it was continued or if it was repealed. It is discouraging to know that the Finger Lakes region in NY has become a hot bed for canine cruelty & with it coming west into Ontario County & Canandaigua, it certainly bodes badly for tourism & the reputation of the area. In Lancaster County, PA, tourism has decreased dramatically because of Amish puppy mills.     Also, legislation is now pending to prohibit canine/feline devocalization in New York State. Massachusetts took that step in 2010, & it appears NYS is going to pass a this bill this year for dogs (& cats) which is an act of convenience & cruelty by mass breeders to stifle dogs’ barking in puppy mills. Please know that Mr. Martin cannot legally “de-bark” these dogs when this passes. Here is the bill that is pending and has strong bipartisan support: http://open. nysenate. gov/legislation/ bill/S6167- 2011     As I had mentioned, the USDA is under-resourced and overburdened in properly inspecting, resolving & being an effective “watchdog” for these mass breeding kennels as outlined by this scathing internal report done by the Office of the Inspector General and published in May of 2010. Their inadequacies must be read to be believed in the mismanagement & incompetency of the department: oig/webdocs/ 33002-4-SF. pdf It is worth your while to review this document to see how little the USDA can do in monitoring puppy mills.     In closing, I again thank you for speaking with me, & I look forward to any updates you can share with me on this matter. If you have any questions that arise from this information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And I will continue to share with you both any further information I may come upon as well.     Sincerely,   Lorry Schlick   President     NYS Citizens Against Puppy Mills   PET-BREEDER[1].txt

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