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Q: Do you think pet stores who buy puppies from puppy mills should be fined?

February 27, 2009 | By Sarah F. | 9 answers | Expired: 1866 days ago

Sarah  F.

There are already small "punishments" for cruelty of puppy mill runners, should there be equal or lesser punishment for knowingly purchasing a puppy from one?

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Moonvine
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Feb 28, 2009

This doesn't make much sense to me. As of right now in the U.S. it is legal to buy and sell dogs. I'm not entirely sure there is a legal definition of what a puppy mill is. If there is, there isn't one in all states - this is one of the focii of the HSUS this year I believe. Then it would like most such laws be "complaint driven" which would mean if your neighbors didn't like your lawn furniture they'd turn you in for buying a dog from a "puppy mill".

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Diane
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Feb 27, 2009

When the pet stores purchase puppies from a breeder they should be punished for contributing to the cruelty of the puppy mill trade. As for somone not knowing what a " puppy mill " is ~ spare me. They know exactly what is going on.
Shame on them. Punished the sellers & breeders.

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Eileen C.
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Feb 27, 2009

i dont think so, unless that person has other problems, such as an unsuitable environment for that dog. if people dont know what puppy mills are, they shouldnt be punished.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Feb 27, 2009

The problem with puppy mills seems so obvious to many of us working with shelters and rescues, but I am still amazed by the number of people who don't know what a puppy mill is, or why it's bad to buy from a pet store. Education is a huge key, and Oprah has helped in this regard. All of us can do the same.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Feb 27, 2009

I believe there should be penalties for stores or any other "middleman" who assists puppy millers in plying their trade. If stores bought only from reputable breeders, puppy mills would go away for the most part.

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Kendra W.
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Feb 27, 2009

I think knowingly supporting a cruel practice should get you into trouble. If some act involved cruelty to a child or another person and you were supporting that cruelty by buying a product, you'd get in trouble. I don't see this as any different. The problem would be proving they knowingly bought from a puppy mill.

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Studmuffin
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Feb 27, 2009

I think people should stop buying dogs from pet shops. If there was no demand, it would stop. Start a public awareness campaign in your town.

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Erinblaise
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Feb 27, 2009

Yes, I do. However, our pet stores in columbia mo do not sell pets. Puppy mills usually sell their own puppies online to make it harder to track them or prosecute them in case of a problem. I think we need more inspectors for the breeding facilities. In Missouri we don't have enough inspectors to get these people shut down. The dogs in the photo were taken from a bad breeder who broke their bones.

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Sue G.
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Feb 27, 2009

I think there should be, if a store was maybe going to get a fine for buying a mill pup they might quit buying them then the mill would eventually go out of business. No demand.

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