Pack Line Headlines: Puppy mills and pet stores

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LA pet store switches to hosting adoption events: KABC TV pulled a fail on the headline for this story on its website – “Retail store switches to selling shelter dogs” – but the story is a good one.

Barkworks in the Westside Pavilion will stop selling puppies and become an adoption center. Rescue groups don’t “sell” dogs – they adopt them out.

$1,200 puppy stolen from Maryland pet store: Okay, the message from LA apparently hasn’t reached everyone in the retail community. MyFoxDC.com reports a two-month-old puppy priced at $1,200 was shoplifted from a Just Puppies store in Rockville, Md.

There are at least two huge WRONGS in this story. First – the robbery itself is terrible. But why would anyone pay $1,200 for a dog when so many are homeless? And if the store was prepared to sell a puppy at about 8 weeks old, does it sell puppies younger than this.

Eight weeks is on the extreme low range for an age when puppies can be separated from their mothers and siblings.

Anti-puppy bill introduced in New Hampshire legislature: Another state legislature is considering new breeding regulations, but the same tired old roadblocks and comments are coming out of the woodwork.

The Union Leader reports – “The bill would create housing, exercise, food and veterinary-care restrictions for anyone who keeps more than 10 unspayed females for the purpose of breeding the dogs and selling the puppies as pets.”

Dog Owners of the Granite State, a group representing kennels, trainers, groomers, breeders, hunters, mushers and dog owners, is speaking out against the bill. The Union Leader quotes the group’s president as saying – “I would like to see the bill killed.” — Ooooh, not a good choice of words when it comes to the topic of animal welfare. Does this person realize that the current set of weak regulations nationwide and the enforcement and the weak levels of punishment for offenders is not enough to end the suffering and death of so many puppy mill dogs?

SB 370 also includes specific requirements for housing and how often females can be bred.

Everything I’m reading in the article in terms of the provisions in the bill are practices breeders should be engaged in already. The best breeders offer outside play time for their dogs, regular veterinary care, quality food, proper housing and rest time between breeding cycles for females.

No animal should be forced to live its life in cage, as nothing more than a breeding machine.