*****J.T gave A Dog Named Charity permission to use her post to help spread awareness of the dangers of puppy mills and how Pet Express and other pet stores contribute to animal abuse.
This is just one of the many stories about the atrociousness of the puppy mill industry.
Pet Express is located in various malls across Massachusetts and it is difficult to walk passed the puppy in the window. What you don’t realize is the story behind the puppy or the problems that arise when you buy from a commercial breeder. JT was certain she purchased a puppy mill dog once the complications began…
Pet Express sells various breeds of puppies.To maximize profits, Pet Express offers “financing” for theses dogs and benefits from their “leasing contracts.” Mind you, many of the dogs are priced upwards of $1,000.00. Upon investigating JT’s story and the details of the “leasing contract,” the representative from NEXTEP FUNDING informed me that if you fail to pay your monthly payment, per your contract, the “product” will be taken back. I confirmed that the “product” is the dog (the living, breathing, animal that you have been caring for however many months) and he said “yes.” I quickly ended the call.
This is the puppy mill industry. They value financial gain OVER the wellbeing of the animals. The ASPCA wrote of puppy mills:
To maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters. When they are physically depleted to the point that they no longer can reproduce, breeding females are often killed. The parents of the puppy in the pet store window are unlikely to make it out of the mill alive—and neither will the many puppies born with overt physical problems.
We have made great strides against commercial breeding: Over 2,000 pet stores across the United States have taken a pledge against puppy mills and are now only selling rescues. In March of 2016, Boston passed a “puppy mill bill” that prohibits the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from Boston pet stores, as well as public parks and city streets.
Please go to http://www.humanesociety.org to find out what pet stores in your state have joined the fight against puppy mills and only sell rescues.
Read an article ASPCA wrote on Puppy Leasing here