Fighting sales from puppy mills

Fighting sales from puppy mills

There are 239 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jan 18, 2009, titled Fighting sales from puppy mills. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Carol Keith braved 18-degree temperatures Saturday afternoon to hold signs protesting a pet store where a group claims that dogs from puppy mills are sold.

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Northampton, PA

#1 Jan 18, 2009
Carol Keith braved 18-degree temperatures Saturday afternoon to hold signs protesting a pet store where a group claims that dogs from puppy mills are sold. Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law in October a a new dog law that requires commercial kennels handling 60 or more dogs a year to double the minimum size of cages. It also bans them from stacking cages, prohibits wire flooring and requires kennels to develop a plan for giving their dogs daily exercise.
I am not sure why this group focused their efforts on Wentz...
Our pure bred dog was purchased their many yrs ago and the puppy was very healthy... in fact, healthier than other pet stores selling puppies in the area...
Rendell's law outlined in article, does not seem to apply to Wentz....
Look's like the mayor would rather have people buy their puppies from outside of the state or through a "private sale" from the breeder directly!
AmyG

Allentown, PA

#2 Jan 18, 2009
you are lucky.

"puppy dealers," if you don't like the term puppymill or puppyfarm, raise dogs on the premise large-scale - or- worse, have them shipped in from who-knows-where.

To make a profit, they buy the cheapest puppies...and what is the cheapest way to raise litter after litter of puppies? Crappy food, minimal human contact and little or no veterinary treatment.

If you brought home a well-socialized dog that was healthy from a dealer, consider yourself blessed.

I would never put a cent into the pocket of a puppymill - either directly or indirectly. Do your research!!

Adoption is always good and mutts are much less prone (statistically) to genetic problems.

If you have your heart set on a purebreed, research a reputatble breeder...a well-socialized pup is NOT one that was raised in a kennel.
ingrid

Slatington, PA

#4 Jan 18, 2009
just go to the local SPCA and adopt a mutt. to a lot of people out there, a purebred is a status symbol and they just have to have it. do people really need some hoity toity dog to feel good about themselves? it is a shame, but the SPCA is killing tons of good animals each year since they can't find homes for them.
hmmmm

Doylestown, PA

#5 Jan 18, 2009
So what is the other pet shop the group is tageting?
kathy65

Bangor, PA

#6 Jan 18, 2009
ingrid wrote:
just go to the local SPCA and adopt a mutt. to a lot of people out there, a purebred is a status symbol and they just have to have it. do people really need some hoity toity dog to feel good about themselves? it is a shame, but the SPCA is killing tons of good animals each year since they can't find homes for them.
I understand that the SPCA, right now, has plenty of purebreds, because people are giving up their dogs...they can't afford to feed them....?

Buying from the mall pet stores is a mistake, most get their pups from out west, which are taken away from mom about 5 weeks of age, and shipped by plane....
Ryan

Allentown, PA

#7 Jan 18, 2009
To tell you the truth, I was a little bothered by this article. In my opinion, the Lehigh Valley Puppy Mill Watch is a crock of crap. I have bought a dog from Wentz in the past and plan on buying another on Tuesday.... with no problems. The staff is incredibly friendly and the dogs appear to be well taken care of. I remember one time that I was there, with my wife, when Thomas was giving the dogs Chinese food that he had gotten for lunch. In reality, you can't knock Wentz for buying dogs that may/may not come from puppy mills. They use the resources that are out there to fulfill customers demands. Some might say that it is wrong that they buy from supposed puppy mills while others might say that it's good that they take them away from those puppy mills and treat the dogs humanely in their store. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally against hurting dogs and keeping them in inhumane conditions but I don't believe Wentz does this or would do this. Also, I don't believe I read that Lehigh Valley Puppy Mill Watch investigated/determined that any of the breeders that Wentz gets from are actually puppy mills that keep/raise the dogs in inhumane conditions. Believe it or not, there are actually some dog breeders that keep the dogs in nice living quarters. Looks like Lehigh Valley Puppy Mill Watch has some more research to do and should have done in the first place.
Stop the mills

Sellersville, PA

#8 Jan 18, 2009
kathy65 wrote:
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I understand that the SPCA, right now, has plenty of purebreds, because people are giving up their dogs...they can't afford to feed them....?
Buying from the mall pet stores is a mistake, most get their pups from out west, which are taken away from mom about 5 weeks of age, and shipped by plane....
There are seven states that are known as puppy mill states because they have the majority of the puppymills in the country. They are: Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

While most might be from out west, our own great state made the list. Lancaster County being one of the biggest areas known for this.

Please adopt from a shelter. And if you must have a purebreed, almost all breeds have rescues that foster these dogs until good homes can be found. The internet is a great place to start your research.

Since: May 07

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Jan 18, 2009
Rescue a dog from a shelter or get one from a breeder that doesn't treat the momma dog like a babymaker. Put the puppy mills out of business.
wegmansfan

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Jan 18, 2009
Our family has 2 dogs from Wentz. They are now 4 and 5. Never sick. We knew they were probably puppy Mill dogs when we bought them. They needed homes too! These people need to get a life. I mean come on. Our dogs were so social from the minute we brought them home. Love kids, adults and other dogs. Flip side, family member bought a dog from a "reputable breeder" dog sick all the time, bites and hates people and other pets. Puppy Mills need to be regulated, but lets leave a local reputable business man who does a good job what what he has alone.
cat kid

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Jan 18, 2009
local pet stores wrote:
Carol Keith braved 18-degree temperatures Saturday afternoon to hold signs protesting a pet store where a group claims that dogs from puppy mills are sold. Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law in October a a new dog law that requires commercial kennels handling 60 or more dogs a year to double the minimum size of cages. It also bans them from stacking cages, prohibits wire flooring and requires kennels to develop a plan for giving their dogs daily exercise.
I am not sure why this group focused their efforts on Wentz...
Our pure bred dog was purchased their many yrs ago and the puppy was very healthy... in fact, healthier than other pet stores selling puppies in the area...
Rendell's law outlined in article, does not seem to apply to Wentz....
Look's like the mayor would rather have people buy their puppies from outside of the state or through a "private sale" from the breeder directly!
i totally agree with you, i have visited this store on occasion and found it to be of the utmost cleanliness and found the pets to be in excellent condition and all are up to date on shots and vet work. what are these idiots protesting? the great treatment of puppies for sale. go after the people who are mistreating animals and i dont have a problem with it. i would not hesitate to drive right by these fools and go in and buy a healthy happy puppy any day of the week and then showboat on my way past as i am leaving. go after the michael vicks in this world and stop waisting time on legitimate businesses
Denise

Allentown, PA

#12 Jan 18, 2009
We have a Wentz dog too. She is the best !! If they are worried about puppymills, shut them down before the puppies are bred, not AFTER !! Like the other poster said, these pups need homes just like the SPCA dogs. BTW I have one from the shelter too....another fabulous dog !! If you are a good parent, any dog will be great for adoption. I would end up with a dozen if I visit the shelters/stores more often.
LVPMWatch

Bethlehem, PA

#13 Jan 18, 2009
local pet stores wrote:
I am not sure why this group focused their efforts on Wentz...
Our pure bred dog was purchased their many yrs ago and the puppy was very healthy... in fact, healthier than other pet stores selling puppies in the area...
Rendell's law outlined in article, does not seem to apply to Wentz....
Look's like the mayor would rather have people buy their puppies from outside of the state or through a "private sale" from the breeder directly!
Well, we were there because of the breeders from which Wentz buys his puppies. The issue is not always the health of the puppies, sometimes you can get one that has no health issues, but it is the parents that are suffering at the kennel. Please look up his breeders' inspection history, as you will find numerous warning and citations for things like "Mold, debris and feces in the food", "No shelter for outside dogs" and other horrible conditions. The Governor signed a bill that was watered down and will help a little, but does not stop the inhumane conditions in these mills. If you'd like to see proof about Wentz's kennels, please visit our website and use the "Contact Us" button.
lvpmwatch dot org
someone who cares

Phoenixville, PA

#14 Jan 18, 2009
For those of you stating you bought your dogs at pet stores like the one in the article, you say that the dogs you bought are perfectly healthy and that's great. But what if these stores are in fact connected to puppy mills? Then you are then a supporter of puppy mills by buying from them. Does anyone know where this pet store gets their puppies?
I for one will never buy from a pet store and take that chance that I could be buying from a mill.
Also I am sure that the pet store treats their animals wonderfully, but that doesnÂ’t mean where they got them was the same. What about the puppies mother, is she in a cage just used for breeding? What where the conditions of the kennel they got the puppy from and where was it located?
How many questions were posed to this pet store before you bought your dog? Just curious.
LVPMWatch

Bethlehem, PA

#16 Jan 18, 2009
Ryan wrote:
I remember one time that I was there, with my wife, when Thomas was giving the dogs Chinese food that he had gotten for lunch....while others might say that it's good that they take them away from those puppy mills and treat the dogs humanely in their store. Don't get me wrong, I'm
If you'd like, I can send you the proof. We do our research and you can too. Just go to the dept. of agriculture's website and you can research any breeding kennel. His kennels have been cited and warned for things like "Mold, debris and feces in the food", "No shelter for outside dogs" and other such offences. Buying puppies from these breeders does not "rescue" the puppies, it creates a larger demand, and therefore allows the kennel owners to increase the supply by breeding more puppies. YOU need to do research as a buyer. If you'd like to see the proof and open your eyes and mind to the possibility that Wentz is not what you believe, then please contact us and we can share our information with you.

Oh, and the chinese food comment, I would hardly call that taking good care of the puppies. Do you know what chinese food can do to a puppy's digestive tract? They already have sensative digestive systems, I don't think they need greasy chinese food.

lvpmwatch dot org
LVPMWatch

Bethlehem, PA

#17 Jan 18, 2009
hmmmm wrote:
So what is the other pet shop the group is tageting?
We are also protesting Puppy Love Pet Shoppe in Hellertown (right on Main st). Keep and eye on our website for details of upcoming events. We also have information on Puppy Love's breeders as well.

We do our homework and so should anyone in the market for a dog. Check shelters first, then breed-specific rescues. If you must buy (which I cannot understand why), then do the research and make sure the breeder is responsible and ask for references and SEE THE PARENTS.

www.lvpmwatch.org
LVPMWatch

Bethlehem, PA

#18 Jan 18, 2009
Denise wrote:
If they are worried about puppymills, shut them down before the puppies are bred, not AFTER !! I would end up with a dozen if I visit the shelters/stores more often.
Hi Denise,

I just want to help you understand that we would love the mills to be "shut down", but obviously it is a HUGE problem, not just in PA. When you buy a dog from a store, you are putting money in the millers' pockets (not to mention the pet store owner and the broker that shipped the dogs there).
If that doesn't bother you, think about it this way: you see it as "saving" that puppy, but it's mother is back at the kennel (probably pregnant again or soon will be) and she is most likely outside, freezing in the winter and dying of the heat in the summer. You are increasing the DEMAND for these dogs to produce this high-price product. Yes, PRODUCT, that is all they are to Wentz, the kennels and brokers, a product. When you buy that cute little puppy (that may or may not be sick or unsocialized), the kennel owners are thrilled and say, ok, we can breed her again, her pups sell quickly. These parents live in the cages their entire lives. If they are lucky, it will only be a few years and then they usually die. If they are not lucky, they could live in a cage for up to 10/12 years and NEVER know what grass feels like. Never get to play, never have a name, their food is moldy and they cannot step anywhere without walking in their own feces.

Does this sound like you are doing a good deed by buying that doggie in the window?

Please open your mind and visit our site to learn the truth.

www.lvpmwatch.org
someone who cares

Phoenixville, PA

#19 Jan 18, 2009
LVPMWatch wrote:
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We are also protesting Puppy Love Pet Shoppe in Hellertown (right on Main st). Keep and eye on our website for details of upcoming events. We also have information on Puppy Love's breeders as well.
We do our homework and so should anyone in the market for a dog. Check shelters first, then breed-specific rescues. If you must buy (which I cannot understand why), then do the research and make sure the breeder is responsible and ask for references and SEE THE PARENTS.
www.lvpmwatch.org
I saw you guys out there. I know I honked my horn!
I will definitely visit the website. I would love to get involved.
cat kid

Bethlehem, PA

#20 Jan 18, 2009
LVPMWatch wrote:
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Well, we were there because of the breeders from which Wentz buys his puppies. The issue is not always the health of the puppies, sometimes you can get one that has no health issues, but it is the parents that are suffering at the kennel. Please look up his breeders' inspection history, as you will find numerous warning and citations for things like "Mold, debris and feces in the food", "No shelter for outside dogs" and other horrible conditions. The Governor signed a bill that was watered down and will help a little, but does not stop the inhumane conditions in these mills. If you'd like to see proof about Wentz's kennels, please visit our website and use the "Contact Us" button.
lvpmwatch dot org
i dont see proof of anything on that website, all i know is i have owned a dog my entire life since birth and these animals do not look mistreated in the least to me, i am not a purebred type of person, i think purebred dogs have their own problems and most of it goes back to their genetic structure, however if they are mistreating animals i would really like to see rock solid proof of this and i would support your cause, but i know what i see and i know what i have read from past owners of dogs from wentz, and without proof, you will not sway my opinion one bit, i may even go there today to see the pups again to substantiate my belief. i think it is harmful to protest something that is untrue and unfounded, and i feel it is a defamation of character to allow this behavior.
cat kid

Bethlehem, PA

#21 Jan 18, 2009
LVPMWatch wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, we were there because of the breeders from which Wentz buys his puppies. The issue is not always the health of the puppies, sometimes you can get one that has no health issues, but it is the parents that are suffering at the kennel. Please look up his breeders' inspection history, as you will find numerous warning and citations for things like "Mold, debris and feces in the food", "No shelter for outside dogs" and other horrible conditions. The Governor signed a bill that was watered down and will help a little, but does not stop the inhumane conditions in these mills. If you'd like to see proof about Wentz's kennels, please visit our website and use the "Contact Us" button.
lvpmwatch dot org
why dont you go to the breeders place of business and protest there, if you have proof of mistreatment and abuse and also call the spca and have them shut down? i dont really think you have anything as far as proof so you go after the pet store because it is convenient
Lower Macungie Resident

Allentown, PA

#22 Jan 18, 2009
My sister went to Wentz a few years ago and purchased a puppy that was very sick, but luckily made it. I went in there a few months ago just to see how it was there and the place stank like crazy! I would never get a dog there.

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