In 2019, there were 407 dog breeders registered in Lancaster County housing close to 53,000 dogs. Fast forward to 2021, where with the internet sale of puppies skyrocketing, pre and post pandemic, Lancaster County now has 424 registered dog kennels housing close to 60,000 dogs.
Disrupted by the pandemic, the OIG planned inspections of onsite USDA licensed dog breeders to ensure compliance in regard to the Animal Welfare Act. This audit was also a follow up on the last OIG audit report completed 10 years earlier in May 2010, entitled Animal Care Program Inspections of Problematic Dealers. This is where the dogs lose.
How many customers read reviews of Puppy Spot or Lancaster Puppies, PuppyFind, Greenfield Puppies or Pawrade and chose to ignore the previous buyers stories? Instead, they choose to “roll the dice” hoping to get a healthy puppy and hoping to avoid getting financially taken advantage of when promises and “health guarantees” don’t live up to the pre-purchase hype?
Our country is crazy about puppies and dogs. It is hard to know where to buy a puppy. Some families choose to adopt from a rescue or shelter, while some elect to purchase from a breeder. Others, unfortunately, decide to purchase from an online puppy-selling broker or breeder website-this method is dangerous. Fact finding is important for advocacy work.
When signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker, HB1711 will amend the Illinois Animal Welfare Act to stop the sale of commercially-bred puppies and kittens in Illinois pet stores. Illinois will then be the 5th state in the country to tell pet stores and puppy mills their cruelty is no longer welcome.
This relationship might lead new puppy buyers into thinking their new very expensive puppy is not coming from a puppy mill. The nonprofit animal welfare organization American Humane is in something they call a “collaboration,” with the massive online puppy selling broker website Puppy Spot. Puppy Spot boasts a “No Puppy Mill Promise” on their website that could mislead new puppy buyers that the breeders they use are not puppy mills. Puppy Spot also posts about their “collaboration” with American Humane one of the nation’s oldest animal protection organizations.
We The Puppies, Stop Online Puppy Mills latest campaign to educate people about the dangers and cruelty supported when buying puppies sight unseen over the internet. No breed is immune. The video warns against websites that list thousands of puppies for sale online direct shipping puppies. Buying puppies online is becoming normalized, families purchasing puppies online likely don’t know they could be supporting puppy mill cruelty.
PuppySpot is a puppy broker website or middleman for USDA dog breeders. Stop Online Puppy Mills does not endorse puppy broker websites selling thousands of puppies from hundreds of breeders.
Bissell Pet Foundation and Stop Online Puppy Mills Interview Part 3. Learn more about puppy mills and why you never want to buy a puppy online.