• Petitioned Tara Fleming,

This petition was delivered to:

owner of Yuppy Puppy, Town of Guilford
Tara Fleming,
Director of Health, Town of Guilford
Dennis Johnson
Chair, Guilford Planning and Zoning
Raymond Bower
First Selectman, Town of Guilford
Joseph Mazza
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Big Y Foods
Donald H. D'Amour

Don't sell Puppies at Yuppy Puppy!

    1. Petition by

      Tracey Scheer

      Branford, CT

Tara Fleming, who owns two pet stores in Pennsylvania, recently came before the Guilford CT Planning and Zoning commission with plans to open a pet store that will sell puppies in the Walmart/Big Y shopping plaza in Guilford. This will be, we believe, the 18th store in the state to offer the sale of puppies bred specifically for commercial sale.

Retail puppy stores as group help sustain the multi-million dollar puppy mill industry, a cruel money-making machine that results in breeder dogs living in cages for their entire reproductive lives, often under filthy and unsafe conditions. Puppies are bred without regard to genetic diseases and overall health. Reputable breeders do not sell their dogs through puppy stores-- they place each puppy they have bred themselves rather than placing them as inventory in a retail environment.

In addition, retail puppy sales serve to reduce the number of adoptions of rescued and shelter dogs and puppies-- millions of which are euthanized each year. Puppies are not products, and they should not be retail inventory. They should be carefully placed after a full adoption questionnaire establishes that the acquiring family has the resources and commitment to be a successful and caring dog owner. Moreover, a retail strip shopping center is an inappropriate location for any live animal operation, particularly when in proximity to food stores. How many animals will be living there? How will their waste be disposed of? Will the animals be exercised, and if so, where?  The image of the shopping center, and particularly its anchor stores, Big Y and Walmart will be tarnished by the inclusion of a business profiting from the suffering of helpless animals.

Recent signatures


    1. One thousand signatures...

      Tracey Scheer
      Petition Organizer

      Elected officials in Guilford cannot ignore the outcry against the proposed sale of live animals in the Shoreline Plaza. Please share the link to this petition, and if you are local, tell the other retailers in the area how you feel about "Yuppy Puppy" selling puppies in town.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. 500 signatures and counting

      Tracey Scheer
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters,
      in about 36 hours, we've collected 500 signatures. Please continue to share the link to this petition to send a clear message to Yuppy Puppy, Guilford Town Hall and the Shoreline Plaza that we don't want a retail store in town selling puppies.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. We're off and running. Over 50 signatures in the opening hours.

      Tracey Scheer
      Petition Organizer

      Our organization is called CT Citizens Against Puppy Mills and we are a grass roots group dedicated to putting pressure on pet stores that sell puppies in CT. We won't rest until puppy mills are a thing of the past. Please check us out on facebook and have a look at our fledgling website. We are eager to work with similar minded groups hand in hand, and to help coordinate efforts for legislation for better treatment of animals everywhere.

    6. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • m shiel HAMBURG, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      protest the store, boycott it,call the media Get puppy mill outlawed in your state

    • Rebecca Beauchamp DAYTON, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Please don't sell puppies and don't support puppy mills. Puppy mills are unnecessary and cruel, and only add to our problem with overpopulation of domestic animals. Instead, please display local shelter animals available for adoption.

    • armand roversi CLEVELAND, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      while visiting my sister we went to one of these stores and the conditions of these stores was bad it stunk so bad we had to leave. they dont take proper care of the dogs

    • Debra Myers BRANTFORD, ONT, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Disgusting and inhumane conditions for these dogs and all fueled by selfish uncaring greed! This must be stopped.

    • Kelvin Kirkland BRANTFOED, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      " The Greatness of a Nation and its Moral Progress can be judged by the way its Animals are treated" Gandhi


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