Pablos pledge (no more puppies in pet shops
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Pet shops in South Australia are currently legally allowed to sell puppies. New legislation regarding their welfare comes into effect in 2018. This process won’t stop pet shop puppy sales and its doubtable all husbandry and welfare issue relating to pet shop puppies will be appropriately managed or adequately overseen.
There are numerous areas of concern with regard to pet shop puppies.
1. these puppies often come from largescale puppy farm setups, where they are subjected to horrendous conditions, kennelled in dirty decrepit small pens with inadequate food and shelter and no social interaction or Veterinary care. Sadly for the sole purpose of making money.
2. Pet shops are hardly a better environment for pups as young as 6 weeks old, again kept in small glass boxes with nothing but shredded paper and a bowl of water. While passer byes poke and prod at the glass, tormenting these already fragile animals causing health and social issues.
3. At this critical learning period of their lives they should be with their mother getting the nutrients they need and learning good behaviours from their mum, siblings and responsible educated breeders.
4. The pups are advertised and sold as a trending easy-care “popular breed” and sent to unsuspecting homes with false misleading information about their care requirements. Leading to ownership problems and with them ending up unwanted and dumped in shelters waiting on death row.
I am calling on local and state government to legislate and stop the trade of puppies and kittens in pet shops. Thereby stifling the puppy farm/millers easy outlet to offload their "stock" and reducing the burden on the pounds and rescue centres when unsuspecting purchasers relinquish unsuitable pups to them.
After seeing pictures and reading a story on social media about a pup being separated from his litter mates in a small pen for playing too rough I decided to investigate a little further.
I was initially drawn in by the story as the pictured pooch looked suspiciously like a breed I am very familiar with, the Murray River Retriever. The MRR are a highly active medium to heavy shedding gundog very similar to the American and Springer Spaniels. A far cry from the low shedding, hypoallergenic low activity level Labrador x Miniature Poodle they were advertising him as.
I visited the store and asked a number of questions some of which I already knew the answers to. If the pet shop had of known what I knew I suspect they would have answered very differently. I received the following answers: that the puppies were low shedding, hypoallergenic and not overly active. I was given the pups date of birth and told they were born in the Riverland. When I asked if I could have the breeders contact details this was denied.
After all of this I asked if I could take a look at the pups and hold them this is when I became certain they were in fact Murray River Retrievers as first suspected. But more alarmingly I became aware of the poor physical condition they were in. They were under fed, highly stressed, ears full of gunk and their bodies completely covered in little scabs hidden under their patchy fur.
I left the pet shop and fed this information I had found back to an association I am a member of. As I typed information about these puppies I became more and more upset and determined to get these pups out of this horrible situation.
Emotionally charged I went back to the pet shop not sure what I was going to do. I told the sales girl I wanted to buy the most aggressive pup. She promptly took him out and placed him in my arms walking me to the counter. Again another irresponsible act, there was no screening in the selection process whatsoever. For all they knew I could have been a part of a dog fighting ring. This upset me further, I promptly left the shop with the pup tucked under my arm sternly telling them the reasons I was taking him and why I would not pay them.
I got the pup home and he was a shattered puppy, skinny, frightened, covered in little sores and hiding behind any little bit of furniture he could find. The next 2 weeks were spent feeding him several times a day showing him the love and support he so desperately needed and slowly nursing him back to health. He was taken to the vet after a week where he was health checked vaccinated microchipped and wormed. The vet advised us the sores were caused by either stress or poor nutrition or perhaps a combination of both. We named the pup Pablo.
Pablo is now doing exceptionally well given his sad beginning. His fur is still a little thin and patchy but he is now a chubby little pup, his skin is scab free , he is no longer wary and he is socialising appropriately with my 3 other dogs Matilda, Coco, & Ollie.
After talking with the association I have been informed that they coordinated the rescue of his 2 remaining siblings.
Unfortunately not all stories have a happy ending like this one; let’s stop the rotten puppy farming and Pet shop sales practices in South Australia aligning with other Australian States and Territories. I strongly believe that puppy farming and pet shops have a major role in the unwanted pet population problems existing in South Australia.
Please sign my petition if you agree. With thanks.
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