Pet Store Facts


   Pet Store puppies do not come from reputable breeders, many of their breeders originate in the poverty-stricken areas of the Midwest. These “areas” produce puppies in mass quantities, otherwise called “Mass Production Breeders”. These are “Puppy Mills”.

 These puppy mills breed as many dogs as possible, with little regard as to who breeds with who. With more than 20 dogs in one kennel, Registrations get confused, as Yorkies are labeled as Silkies and so on.

    The dogs being bred are not screened for genetic deformities, or other inherited diseases. Even if you bought a puppy that had Grade V Hip Dysplasia, you can be guaranteed that the puppy’s mom and dad will still be used for breeding, even if it is passing on a crippling disease.

     The puppies are picked-up by a Class-B Broker, such as The Hunte Corporation in Goodman, Missouri. Hunte pays only a small portion of what consumers are actually charged. For instance, Labrador puppy breeders are only paid $200 per puppy. The same puppy is sold to you for $1200.

     Within the first 2 days,  the puppies reach Hunte, they are bathed, vaccinated and if necessary, have minor surgical repairs, i.e. umbilical hernias. On the third day, they are loaded onto an 18-wheeler and delivered to pet stores. During this week-long ride, the puppies are not examined by experienced personnel. The truck drivers throw food into their tiny cages while their water bottles remain empty.


    Once the puppy is delivered to the pet store, they sit in a cage in isolation for 48 hours, often 4-5 puppies occupy one 2 x 2 cage. On the third day the puppies are checked by a some loser vet and cleared for sale. At this point, the puppies are immune compromised from all this stress. They usually get sick within the first few days, and end up crammed into an isolation room cage in the back of the pet store. Inexperienced staff attempt to medicate the puppies, but often fail, if they even try at all. The puppies are often given Doxycycline (a contraindicated drug in puppies)  in order to get them to the sales floor faster.    Doxycycline is known to have adverse effects when given to puppies younger than one year of age.


During their stay at the pet stores, they sit in a cage all day, no proper exercise, no blankets, no toys, unless they are taken out to visit with customers. They are naturally unmannered during these visits because they are cooped up all day, day after day, week after week, month after month. Depriving puppies from the much-needed exercise produces mental and physical issues.  Plus, preventing a puppy or dog from partaking in natural instincts promotes severe behavioral problems.

   The mental stress due to of lack of exercise, lack of positive human interaction, and lack of interaction with other puppies, promotes anxiety, timidness, and frustration. Puppies subjected to negative and neglectful situations develop marked coping behaviors, and these behaviors often last a lifetime. Negative encounters with humans are NEVER forgotten by the once innocent and fun-loving babies.

  The physical stress pet store puppies endure can lead to catastrophic musculo-skeletal and orthopedic problems and deformities.


This is a Puppy Mill


Puppy Mills are large scale commercial puppy breeders. Many dogs are kenneled, without adequate exercise, food or health care. Up to 20 dogs are squeezed into tiny cages and thus the dogs breed freely. Genetic testing, nor selective breeding are common practices.


This is How Puppies are Shipped.


Puppy Mill Puppies endure not only a cruel entrance to this world, but they are taken away from their moms at eight weeks of age, regardless of their physical or mental development. The puppies are gathered by the hundreds, and stuffed into a filthy box truck. Frightened and often sick, from poor health care and living conditions, these babies are transported for days, to end up at the Class B Broker.


The prices of the puppies comes down as they get older, for instance, a $1200 puppy will be $500 when it reaches five to five and a half months old.

      Unfortunately, the best age for training and socialization are happening while the puppies sit in their cages at the pet store. Pet store puppies are often harder to housebreak because they are used to going wherever and whenever.  

   Its hard to tell people not to buy from a pet store, because it is not the puppy’s fault. Its a sticky situation, because the more you buy them, the more it encourages puppy-mills to breed them. Supply and demand, right. You could try going to a breeder, but they always give you the third degree and tell you what to feed, what not to give and how to raise their puppy, that’s if they even have a puppy available. So you see, that’s why people will always turn to a pet store, there are always puppies there and you don’t get the third degree.  You go in, buy a puppy, no questions asked.


Babies Born by Neglect


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An 8 week old Pekingese from the Saugus, MA store. This baby was taken, by myself, to VCA Roberts Animal Hospital in Hanover, MA.


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Lifting the lips and thus exposing the gums, it is shocking to see that This Poor baby was so anemic. She recovered well and eventually found a loving home, outside of the pet store.


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This baby Schnauzer had a skin infection, that had to wait days for the Vet Visit.  

White Gums - Anemic
Nostrils Crusted with Mucous
Unknown Skin Infection


The Photos below were Puppies that I personally photographed as soon as they were delivered to the Saugus, Ma. Pet Store.


 Pet Store puppies arrive at 8-9 weeks of age, and are placed in a cage until they are purchased.

  Some puppies spend months at pet stores, often not being purchased until they are 5-6 months of age.

  Pet Store puppies suffer from numerous mental issues, caused by being alone and bored. Many chew the wires of their cages, or even attempt to chew the glass, if so enclosed.

Many puppies carry these phobias with them throughout their entire lives.  


Puppy in a Pet Store

Pet Store puppies are alone 95% of the Day.

No toys, No blankets.

This is no Life for a Baby.