The cruelty behind the pet trade is all over the news and families are sadly learning about puppy mills. Some local Westland families are saying “It's about time”. Westland Dog Food Co. (37687 Ford Rd) has been selling sick puppies from puppy mills and brokers who work with puppy mills since at least 2001 according to PetShopPuppies.org. Most shipments are directly from the nation’s Puppy Mill Capital - Missouri.
Recent shipping records prove the store regularly ships from large commercial breeders. Some kennels have over 200 dogs! One such kennel - Bob & Dee Ann Cleveringa (Orange City, IA) was cited for excessive accumulation of brown fecal waste just last fall. Photos.
Puppies shipped from these types of puppy factories bring with them illnesses that are sometimes deadly and highly contagious costing families thousands of dollars. One Belleville family spent almost $5,000 in overnight veterinary care after purchasing a sick golden retriever in 2009. Video.
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I am disappointed to learn that your pet store continues to sell puppies purchased from commercial breeders. By doing so, you are supporting an industry that cruelly treats dogs like commodities, not like the companion animals that customers come to your store to buy food, treats and toys for.
I urge you to agree to stop selling animals acquired from breeders, stop supporting commercial breeding operations in all of your business practices, and, instead, work solely with local shelters and nonprofit rescue groups to facilitate adoptions.
Not only will this move stop the negative publicity generated by your puppy sales, but advocates will actively help promote your newly puppy-friendly store. As an added benefit, this move makes good business sense in an economy where high-priced puppy sales aren't as desirable as the less expensive option of adopting a homeless pet.
Several other stores across the country have successfully made this commitment and, as the last remaining puppy store in Westland, you can make the same humane decision.
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