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Mall Pet Store Visit

I was in the mall today and there is a puppy store there, I couldn't help but go in. Looking at those poor creatures you just want to take them all home! There were a bunch of people there and weirdo me was talking to this little puppy through the glass like, "I'm sorry your mommy lives in a tiny cage in her own filth and that you spent your first weeks living in a messy tiny cage! I hope no one buys you so awful places like these get shut down!" etc etc... I looked up and the manager of the store was glaring at me and several customers were staring.
There were so many people in there potentially buying puppies! I know I was once oblivious to the cruelty inflicted by stores like these and I hope that as more people are educated they will be shut down. Just a little anecdote and my thoughts from the day. I truly believe if people understood the implications and where those puppies come from they would never consider buying them from those stores. The issue definitely needs more awareness.

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How not to buy a puppy...

http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2009/h...uppy/main.html

One credit to pet store was that's where I first met the Havanese breed.

Poor little guy..I wonder where he is now.

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Same here - never heard of Havanese until we saw one at a Puppy Boutique. We weren't going to buy one from there, but it was our first experience with the breed, and it was obviously a good one . Glad we found a good breeder!
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In my area the SPCA has been very vocal against puppy mills and there have recently been a couple high profile puppy mill raids. They had the cameras in there showing the cruelty these animals were enduring. About 200 animals were rescued in total and there was a waitlist twice as long to adopt the animals. Many were pregnant so the puppies were being adopted out long after the raid. The side benefit from this is that it raised an outcry against pet stores and the last pet store in the city has stopped selling cats and dogs. They now host "adoption events" for the SPCA. Eliminating the market for these animals is the way to go. Now the puppy mills are still selling animals direct to consumers via the internet but it's a step in the right direction.
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I am glad that it is illegal to sell puppies and kittens in pet stores in my country (in whole EU). Otherwise I would have house full of animals. I just cannot stand the thought of a puppy spending the night alone in the cage in a shop!
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I wish all pet stores were like my local pet store. They don't ever sell kittens and puppies outside of the weekly (summer time) or monthly (winter time) adoption events that all the local rescues can attend. What's interesting to note is that some of the worst offenders of puppy mills are in the Amish community. Most people think if they buy puppies or animals or even dinner meat from the Amish that its been treated better and that couldn't be further from the truth.

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I wish all pet stores were like my local pet store. They don't ever sell kittens and puppies outside of the weekly (summer time) or monthly (winter time) adoption events that all the local rescues can attend. What's interesting to note is that some of the worst offenders of puppy mills are in the Amish community. Most people think if they buy puppies or animals or even dinner meat from the Amish that its been treated better and that couldn't be further from the truth.

The Amish and Menonites are notorious for puppy mills. Everything I've read and heard claims they treat the animals terribly. Someone told me there is an Amish saying, " more money in dogs than hogs".
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I am glad that it is illegal to sell puppies and kittens in pet stores in my country (in whole EU). Otherwise I would have house full of animals. I just cannot stand the thought of a puppy spending the night alone in the cage in a shop!
Except that buying the puppies just ensures that the puppy's mother will endure more abuse and another litter that will be taken from her too soon. If she can't produce puppies anymore she will be put down.
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