FACT: 99% of all pups and kittens sold by pet stores in Maine are supplied by puppy and kitten mills.
There are over 10,000 puppy mills in this country supplying our nations pet stores with over 1.5 million pups a year!
3-5 million homeless shelter pets are euthanized each and every year in this country.
More shelter animals would have a higher chance of getting adopted if Maine pet stores channeled them through the stores, where the public goes for their own pets needs.
It has been proven in many other states, such as New Mexico and California, that by selling pet supplies and adopting out shelter animals, their business has blossomed and kept a good profit margin.
In some communities, shelters have seen a 25 to 30% drop in surrenders to their shelters due to the ban of puppy mills and pet stores.
Some believe it is due to the cease of impulse buying of pups and kittens at pet stores!
A pup/kitten mill is a large scale breeding facility, which has one goal; to breed their dogs and cats for profit. With no concern for the animals veterinary needs, nutritional needs, sanitation or well being. More often than not, the parents of the pet store pup/kittens are forced to live in filthy tiny wire cages, with wire floors, without adequate ventilation, heat or cooling, and without any protection from the elements.
The parents of pet store pups/kittens are forced to have litters every single heat cycle (every six months) until their fertility wanes at the tender age of 7 or 8 years. At that time they are sold at horrific auctions, bludgeoned to death or tossed to the wayside.
Maine pet stores use Puppy Mill Brokers such as, Mid America Pets, Kathy Bosch, Hunte Corp., B&T Distributors, Martha Kibbe. Information obtained from the "Freedom of Information Act" via Animal Welfare, Augusta, Maine.
Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills has researched many of the breeders that supply the Maine pet stores. Many of those" breeders" are unliscensed by their State and un-liscensed by the USDA. Many of the "breeders" have horrendous USDA reports,( if liscensed by USDA) reporting "1-2 inches of fecal matter in all cages, plugged drainage systems preventing "run-off of fecal matter, urine and hair, no protection or barriers from outside elements, urine burns on breeding dogs, caged not large enough to comfortably house number of dogs".
The reports go on and on, www.petshoppuppies.org investigates and reports the findings of the USDA and some well known Maine pet stores
Let us get Maine out of the equation, let us stop the inhumane treatment of the dogs and cats in the mills by stopping the sales of their dogs offspring.