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Q: What can someone do when they see an ad for 3wk old pups for sale?

April 24, 2008 | By Rachel C. | 7 answers | Expired: 2392 days ago

Rachel C.

10 Black Lab puppies, purebreds w/no papers, approx.3wks old,eating out of bowl, ready to go,$50ea. I thinks this is horrible those poor pups!

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betty p.
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May 04, 2008

In Ohio, it is 8 weeks before you can sale a puppy. It is a law. Your animal control or humane society should know. Plus they can check to see if the folks have a kennel license to sell. In Ohio, if you hunt, breed and sale, you have to have a kennel license.

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Silver Dragon Pets N.
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May 02, 2008

Please contact your local animal control. They will be able to investigate to see what the whole story is. It's entirely possible that these are orphan puppies, but even then they should be kept together until they are older for socialization/development purposes. Either way the ad is definitely fishy. I hope that you are able to get someone to check it out before it's too late.

I know some states require puppies to be 6 weeks old before they can leave their mothers, and some require 8 weeks. As a general rule, the smaller the breed, the longer it should stay with their mom. Eight weeks is usually the bare minimum for any puppy to stay with mom (responsibly). Many small breeds do much better if they stay at least 12 weeks with mom.

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Kat A.
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Apr 25, 2008

If I were in your shoes, I would contact the owners and let them know that the pups should be with their momma for at least another 6 weeks. And if they give you a hard time call the ASPCA or local police department and tell them about the cruelty that is happening to these poor babies!

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Carrie R.
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Apr 25, 2008

I am not aware of any laws at least in our state (WVa.) that prohibit people from selling animals at any particular age. But if such laws exist I believe they would fall under US Code under Agriculture.

My recommendation would be try and have a conversation with these people about why it is important for the puppies to stay with their mother until at least 8 weeks even if the puppies are eating on their own. They need to continue to get antibodies from the mom to fully develop their own as well as for socialization purposes. You may do well to talk with your vet and see if they will assist by providing some advice to the owners.

Unfortunately many people such as this are just interested in ridding themselves of the responsibility and cost as soon as possible and won't care. In that case, if you really want to help, I would suggest offering to take the puppies to ensure that they will receive proper care, even offer to take the mother dog too. Difficult situation with little legal basis behind you....you are stuck with trying to ration with people that don't usually have much compassion or caring to begin with. But maybe in this case the owners are just uneducated and would welcome some advice. That's my glass half full attitude coming out but this is not always realistic. You should also be prepared for people that will believe you are just sticking your nose in where it doesn't belong and will not welcome such advice. Becareful, be caring and be optimistic. Good luck.

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Joanna
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Apr 24, 2008

I would get ahold of the Humane Society. If you can speak with a Humane Officer, they may be able to do a sting operation of sorts - this sounds like a puppy mill kind of thing, although puppy mills traditionally pawn their dogs off to pet stores.

Or if you wanted to do your own sleuthing, take a friend, visit this puppy person, and make notes of the address and surroundings - if they can't or won't show you the parents, if they don't show you where they keep the pups, if there are 2 or more breeds of puppies, or if anything seems amiss - gather the information and turn it in to the Humane Society. They will definitely want to check into possible puppy mill activity.

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Danewillow
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Apr 24, 2008

Most states have laws against selling puppies younger than 8 weeks. Report the ad. I'm not sure which department you would have to report it to. Dept of Agriculture?

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Marta J.
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Apr 24, 2008

I agree, way to young. Just because they eat of of a bowl means nothing, They need the rest of the litter and the mom to learn basic social structure and behavior from the pack, and the immunities from moms milk. I doubt there's much you can do. The dogs probably got bred by who knows what other dog, because the owner was probably irresponsible and should have spayed the dog. Now they just want to get rid of the pups and make a little money. Doubt they're all Labrador.

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