Investigator films what pet stores call ‘reputable breeders’, is shocked to his very core

Tiny chihuahua puppies huddle for warmth in pet shop window dog-sad © dogsanddanders - Instagram

While the selling of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet stores was banned in the UK in 2018, this practice is still very commonplace in the US. New York animal welfare groups are gathering evidence on the horrors of puppies in pet stores, in the hopes of obtaining a ban in their state.

By Justine Seraphin

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New York would be the third state in the US to ban the selling of pets in stores (after California and Maryland).

The reality of puppy mills

No matter how much we don’t want to believe it, the cute puppies we see in pet stores DO come from puppy mills. These are places where breeders keep hundreds of dogs, often in less than ideal living conditions, forcing females to have litter upon litter of puppies, and selling them unscrupulously despite their potential health and behaviour issues.


Dennis and Donna Van Wyk, New Sharon, Iowa. CAPS has investigated this USDA-licensed puppy mill four times since 1999....

Posted by Companion Animal Protection Society on Monday, March 18, 2019


Thankfully the UK banned the selling of puppies in pet stores, effectively cutting the link between puppy mills and buyers. However, only 2 of 50 states in the US have also put this ban in place. 

A ban on animal cruelty

Instituting a ban would cut down the demand that drives so many cats and dogs to be forced to breed and to live in terrible conditions. Plus, it would give shelter animals a greater chance of getting adopted. Indeed, in the states where this ban has already been put in place, pet shops have been displaying rescue animals from shelters in their stores rather than puppy mill animals.

Lying through their teeth

As New York state is beginning to consider this ban, animal welfare groups such as the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) are going undercover to investigate the truth behind pet stores.

The information gathered shows just how un-regulated the industry really is.

USDA approved ‘breeders’ are keeping dogs outside, in wire cages, with no human contact. Pet shop owners, to whom these puppies have been sold, categorically deny the existence of puppy mills, or make them out to be much more ethical than they in fact are.


Doug and Wendy Dettbarn, Strawberry Point Iowa. CAPS investigated this USDA-licensed puppy mill in 2015. Despite the...

Posted by Companion Animal Protection Society on Monday, March 18, 2019


Let the below video speak for itself. We hope New York and many other US states will follow the UK in its decision to ban the puppy commerce in pet shops. Puppies should only be purchased at a reputable breeder or a shelter! 


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