The citizens of Lucas County, and surrounding areas, will not shop at the Westfield Mall if puppy mill puppies are being sold there under the name The Family Puppy or any other puppy mill broker name~ 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. 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. Puppy mills exist solely for the purpose of making money and owners do not care about the health or temperament of the puppies they sell. The way to stop puppy mills is to not purchase puppies from stores or online.
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