Petition Closed
Petitioning owner of Yuppy Puppy, Town of Guilford Tara Fleming, and 4 others
This petition will be 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!

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.


Letter 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
and 2 others
First Selectman, Town of Guilford Joseph Mazza
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Big Y Foods Donald H. D'Amour
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Tara Fleming, owner of Yuppy Puppy, Town of Guilford.

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Do not allow the sale of puppies at Yuppy Puppy in Guilford, CT

Retail puppy stores help sustain the multi-million dollar puppy mill industry, a cruel money-making machine that incarcerates breeder dogs in cages for their entire reproductive lives, often under filthy and unsafe conditions. Puppies are bred without regard to genetic background and overall health, and are removed from their mothers at a very early age. 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, the sale of retail puppies serves to reduce the number adoptions of rescued and shelter dogs and puppies-- millions of which are euthanized each year. Puppies are not products, and they should not be treated as 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.

Puppies should not be sold in retail outlets in Guilford, which is a caring community of animal lovers. We do not need the sick and sorry failures of this commercial operation to end up in our local animal shelters when a puppy purchased on impulse turns out to be too sick, too difficult to train, or too costly for the purchaser.

We urge Ms. Fleming to work with our many local shelters and rescue groups in placing homeless pets. Many commercial pet stores have taken this route with great success and community support. Stores that continue to sell purposely-bred puppies for retail sale will likely be boycotted and subject to regular protests until they choose a more humane way to conduct their business.
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Sincerely,