Investigation connects puppy mills and pet stores

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By Jennifer Garcia

 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released disturbing video evidence compiled during an eight-month nationwide investigation that connects puppy mills and pet stores.


Puppy mills are a source of “unbearable cruelty” where breeding animals are kept in tiny cages without any socialization, according to HSUS, for the sole purpose of supplying pet stores and the Internet market with puppies.


This is the latest in a series of HSUS investigations exposing abuses at puppy mills, dog auctions and pet stores around the country.


Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells said her store doesn’t sell pets, just pet supplies.


“We chose not to carry pets. We help promote shelter adoptions,” Wells said.


Pet Pangaea also features pets that are available for adoption through Friends of the Shelter on their website.


  She also said she doesn’t know much about the pet shops that do sell pets, but she belongs to an independent retailer group, whose members are all independent retailers.


“I know that many of them use extremely reputable breeders and they’re very attentive to the health of their puppies and they really do care for them. Unfortunately the entire industry has a picture painted of them and there are some out there who are doing the right thing,” she continued.


She also said that it’s a concern that pet shop owners do care about their puppies and that the public understands that.


“When stuff like this comes out, it colors the whole industry,” she said  


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization – backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one in every 30.  


  For more than a half-century, HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs.


For information visit www.humanesociety.org.