Target: Maryland puppy sellers
Goal: Condemn stores for violating a law that is meant to help pet owners select healthy puppies.
Nine out of the twelve pet stores in Maryland that are known to sell puppies were found to be out of compliance with a Maryland law that took effect a year ago. The law is supposed to protect dogs and consumers by requiring stores to clearly post certain information about their puppies’ origins on each cage. The law was designed to give consumers more information about where the dogs were raised and help them avoid buying unhealthy puppies from puppy mills. It also enabled people who purchased a sick puppy from a pet store to receive a refund for veterinary expenses up to the purchase price of the puppy.
In one pet store, Genesis Pets of Capitol Heights, investigators found that not only did the store fail to post any information on the puppies’ cages, but one Rottweiler puppy was so ill and underweight that ReLove Animals, Inc. contacted local law enforcement about the puppy’s condition. Prince George’s County Animal Control responded and seized the sick and malnourished puppy. It was diagnosed with coccidia and pneumonia by a veterinarian.
Julianne Brown of ReLove Animals, Inc. said: “ReLove has documents linking numerous puppy mills to Maryland pet stores, but most of them won’t post any of that information on the puppies’ cages. We have to wonder what these stores were trying to hide.”
Almost every store was found to be in noncompliance with the part of the law that requires the store to post “conspicuously on each dog’s cage” the “state in which the breeder or dealer of the dog is located” and “the United States Department of Agriculture license number of the breeder or dealer, if required.”
These pet stores are breaking the law and should not be selling puppies. Condemn these pet stores for not complying with the law and for selling sick puppies to unsuspecting customers.
Dear Maryland puppy sellers,
You are violating the law by not posting where your puppies come from. Puppy mills produce many sick puppies, and by selling animals from puppy mills you are passing along sick puppies to unsuspecting customers. This is unethical and against the law.
Please post where your puppies come from, in accordance with the law.
Several of your puppies were so sick that they needed serious vet care, and your customers deserve better than a sick or malnourished animal. Please reform your ways and do right by the dogs and your customers.
[Your Name Here]
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