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.


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