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John & Debbie Stottele
The Family of Pets
Macomb Mall Management
Oakland Mall Management
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Fountian Walk Mall Management
Genesee Valley Mall Management

Tell The Family Puppy to stop selling puppies

    1. Pam Sordyl
    2. Petition by

      Pam Sordyl

      Clarkston, MI

The Family Puppy (a.k.a The Family of Pets), Michigan’s largest chain of puppy-selling pet stores, has been exposed for working with puppy mills and selling sick dogs. 

A recent investigation by Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup uncovered several serious animal welfare and consumer protection issues that the public should be aware of. Click here to download some of the Facts About The Family Puppy’s Breeders.  

Unlike the photos in the store, USDA and undercover photos taken at Indiana kennels that supply The Family Puppy revealed filthy, cramped cages, wire floors and excessive feces. And this isn’t just one bad supplier: During 2009-2010, 13 of the 16 primary suppliers used by The Family Puppy were cited by the USDA for non-compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. Six of those breeders also work with Petland -  the company notorious for its partnerships with puppy mills.

The Family Puppy misleads customers into believing that their breeders are inspected by four agencies (two of which, including themselves, are not inspection agencies at all). But the reality is that most commercial breeders escape regular oversight and enforcement actions. Customers have filed 33 complaints with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and 29 different problems have been noted with puppies purchased from The Family Puppy stores.  And that’s only the official reports.

It’s time for The Family Puppy to stop supporting out-of-state puppy mills and start helping animals in the community. Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup is calling for a boycott and is staging rallies every weekend outside of The Family Puppy stores. Join the campaign by signing the petition urging the company to stop selling puppies and start supporting adoption instead.

Recent signatures


    1. Puppy Mill Awareness Day will be held near The Family Puppy Novi location

      Pam Sordyl
      Petition Organizer

      Let’s tell Novi to stop selling puppies from puppy mills! Join us to form a Puppy Mill Awareness Human Chain through Novi. https://www.facebook.com/events/524594081002013/

    2. Reached 10,000 signatures
    3. Decision-maker Oakland Mall Management responds:

      Oakland Mall Management

      Please take me off your email list your harassment doesn't work

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. Pam Sordyl
      Petition Organizer

      Puppy Mill Mothers Not Forgotten in Flint

      Flint area dog advocates
      share a moment of silence at
      the Genesee Valley Center

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2011
      CONTACT: Pam Sordyl, 734-718-7100, pmamichinfo@yahoo.com
      PHOTOS: http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/photos/1381481/

      On the eve of Mother’s Day local dog advocates came together in a moment of silence for the 130,000+ breeding mothers caged in Midwest puppy-factories. A vigil, hosted by Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, was held at The Family Puppy pet store in Flint.

      Among the participants were former breeding mothers. Storm, a fluffy Pomeranian, was rescued after being put on an auction block for puppy millers to bid on. “She was a poor breeder and no longer useful” said Julieann Lotridge of Lapeer. Storm, like many commercially bred dogs, has two grade 5 luxating patellas, a serious genetic flaw.

      “Because of Storm and my other puppy mill survivors in my life I have made it a mission to fight for the end of commercial-factory breeding of animals for sale.” said Lotridge.

      Puppy mills are mass-breeding facilities that raise dogs in shockingly poor conditions. They operate with an emphasis upon profits above animal welfare. Breeding mothers are often destroyed or discarded after their fertility wanes. Why is this legal? There is minimal supervision of puppy mills by the United States Department of Agriculture, whose investigators look for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Commercial breeders are supposed to be licensed and meet minimal standards of care. However, if a breeder operates without a license or fails to meet minimum standards, it is often not until he is reported that he gets inspected or cited. Penalties are substantially less than what would be required to encourage improvements.

      “The best way to stop puppy mills is to refuse to buy from them and their distributors – the pet stores. If we take away their profits, they have no reason to continue.” said Pam Sordyl, the group’s founder.

      “We are encouraging The Family Puppy and other puppy-pet stores to stop supporting the cruel puppy mill industry through puppy sales, and instead create an adoption program similar to other large pet supply retailers like PETCO and PetSmart” said Sordyl

      Last fall Puppy Mill Awareness revealed the results of a five-month investigation of The Family Puppy chain store. The investigation revealed that The Family Puppy is Michigan’s retailer purchasing dogs from puppy mills. This spring, a boycott including weekly rallies and a petition were launched keeping the spotlight on the highest volume retailer.

      • There are more than 50 puppy-selling pets stores in Michigan, with 30 in the Detroit area.
      • Approximately one-third of the nation's 9,000 independent pet stores sell puppies.
      • The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 2 million to 4 million puppy mill puppies are sold each year in the United States.
      • Puppy mill puppies often have health problems, genetic defects and behavioral issues.
      • Documented puppy mill conditions include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, crowded cages and lack of socialization.
      • Dogs kept for breeding in puppy mills suffer for years in continual confinement. They are bred as often as possible and then destroyed or discarded once they can no longer produce puppies.
      • Pet stores and puppy mills use attractive websites to hide the truth and to dupe the public into thinking that they are dealing with a reputable breeder.
      • Reputable breeders never sell puppies over the Internet or through a pet store and will insist on meeting the family who will be purchasing the dog.
      • Puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem which results in millions of unwanted dogs euthanized at shelters every year.

      Learn more about Puppy Mill Awareness


    6. Reached 1 signatures
    7. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Don't forget the Mother's Day vigil in honor of the 130,000+ breeding mothers working overtime in Midwest puppy-factories producing litters for Mother’s Day gifts. Join Puppy Mill Awareness’s Flint team at a vigil-demonstration in front of Genesee Valley Mall from 12- 3 p.m.

      Details and RSVP:

    8. Reached 1 signatures
    9. Pam Sordyl
      Petition Organizer

      This Mother’s Day weekend give a voice to the 130,000+ breeding mothers working overtime in Midwest puppy-factories producing litters for Mother’s Day gifts. Join Puppy Mill Awareness’s Flint team at a vigil-demonstration in front of Genesee Valley Mall from 12- 3 p.m. Candles will be provided along with plenty of photos of mothers who never made it out of the kennels.

      RSVP Now:

      If you have a rescued puppy mill survivor, please bring them for the vigil portion of the event at noon. You are welcome to stay, but we do not encourage our furry members to be close to the road during the demonstration.

      May marks our third month of protesting The Family Puppy pet store this year. Why have we been coming every Saturday in all types of weather? The Family Puppy is Michigan’s largest puppy-selling store. They import on average 100 puppies per month from out-of-state breeders with serious violations to the Animal Welfare Act. Flint does not need any business selling commercially breed puppies working against all adoption programs in Genesee County. Flint will continue to say “NO” to puppy-selling stores!

      Please join us for a 6 month boycott every Saturday from 12-3!

      Signs: We will have plenty of signs to hold.

      Contact: Pam Sordyl 734-718-7100

      David's Bridal back parking lot
      4340 B Miller, Flint, MI 48507

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. Puppies Treated Like Products, Not Family, at The Family Puppy Stores

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      A group of Michigan citizens are fighting puppy mill cruelty in their own backyard by protesting at local puppy retailers and educating the public about the suffering behind pet store puppies. Led by Pam Sordyl, the group's founder, Puppy Mill...

    12. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Shelia Adam BUFFALO, NY
      • 5 days ago

      Stop selling animals, there are way to many animals in shelters and they can't take on any more. Do not buy animals, rescue sheltered animals, they need you!

    • staunzi bursell SEATTLE, WA
      • 6 days ago

      Horrific, delusional, and disgusting.

    • Kelly Chelucci VANCOUVER, WA
      • 7 days ago

      this is abhorrent

    • Brianne Ford MOMENCE, IL
      • 7 days ago


    • Anna Java APT H03, FL
      • 9 days ago

      GREED. PLAYING GOD. These are terrible things to do and must be stopped. Shut it all down!


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