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Q: What happens to unsold pet store puppies?

January 24, 2009 | By Liane M. | 20 answers | Expired: 2120 days ago

Liane M.

I noticed that some puppies in a local pet store are not getting any younger. What happens to them if they don't sell. While I would never buy a pet store puppy, since most if not all, probably come from puppy mills, I wonder what happens to them as they get older. I saw a English mastiff puppy today in one such store. While small and cute now, I believe they can get to be well over 150 pounds when fully grown. Will he be given back to the puppy mill that produced him, (not a good fate, I'm sure) or given up to a shelter? Does anyone know?

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Randi
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Feb 02, 2009

Not sure what they do with them if they don't sell. I know that the older they get and the longer they have them they start reducing the puppies. Sorta like a clearance sale. That's awful! I'm curious to know what happens to them too.

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a w.
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Jan 25, 2009

I dont really know what happens..but today iam going to go to a shop and find out..what i do know is my local county shelter has had many "stings" on horrible conditions of the puppy mills i have 2 dogs that i know their back ground of what they had to live in my older dog sabrina was a mama dog caged her whole life and bred.. those puppies were sold in the paper the only way the lady got caught was a puppy that had parvo.. another is a yorkie that was 3mths the he was 1 or 2 that survived from the 45 others. and lastly i have whittney she is a pure breed from a pet store..little to say she was bred for a different color she is a creamy white and about 9 lbs ohh did i forget to mention shes a pekingese!!! that is to be around 12 lbs with a dark face not white little to say she has many coat allergy problemes. the first step is to not buy from pet shops at all and if you do b/c you feel bad for the animal please neut./spay its the first step to stop homelessness in animals

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debby r.
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Jan 25, 2009

Most of them get shipped to another store. Then if they are not adopted most go back to the Puppy Mills to start breeding. If not of a quality the Puppy Mills want back some puppies mills will give to shelters or just uthenized.

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Audreykitty
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Jan 25, 2009

Mine is for some kittens-. The two came in as 8-10 week old babies and left as 9 month old young adults when they were given to the Humane Society. They spent over six months in a cage! Thankfully, the man who owned the store sold it to people who had never run a retail establishment and these new people went out of business last spring!

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Renee  M.
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Jan 25, 2009

I would assume each pet store or pet store chain has a different policy, and I doubt I would like most of their policies.
I'm sorry, I found one of the answers to this question extremely upsetting. If every American decided here and today to NEVER buy another animal from a pet store, for ANY reason, this HORRIFIC cycle would STOP. Do all pets deserve a fabulous home? You BET, no matter what their beginnings. But I could NEVER justify buying an animal from one of these places. You may as well go and hand a miller the money to help them STAY IN BUSINESS.
Please people, think of how many other wonderful animals you helped to condemn to a life of suffering when you brought your pet home from the pet store.
I'm sorry I'm so passionate about this, but I've fostered and helped to rehab a couple of dogs from puppy mills in Missouri. Those 2 girls did NOT deserve the lives they were leading, nor do they deserve the terrible emotional scars they will carry for the rest of their lives!!!!!
Our shelter can only function on limited hours and we have limited space, because we are 100% donation funded and almost 100% volunteer ran. I suppose some people might decide it's too much of a hassle to deal with our limited hours/space and decide a pet store is much more convenient for them. That just makes me incredibly sad & angry that someone would make that sort of choice.

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Robyn
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Jan 24, 2009

Do you blame it on the puppies? It seems to be a NO win situation. One of my dogs came from PetLand a Puppy Mill Store from what I hear. If I did not take him, he would of been KILLED 2 days later & I fell in love with him at first sight. This is only after MANY atempts to find a shelter dog at our local shelter (with no parking) I had no choice but to look else where at a place I could park my car when I wanted a furbaby. If the shelter where I live had more parking maybe I and other people would not have to go to stores. I can not go to the shelter to help in person because there is no parking. I would like to see some people on here stand outside a pet store when the unwanted dog are being killed to see how they react then. I guess some think if the dogs are not from a shelter they think killing the of dogs is OK!!!. My dog had no say so whatever how he ended up at my loving home, it was my choice to let him LIVE or DIE. I choose to let him live, you might of said DIE DOG you are not from a shelter. & might I add that did over pay for my baby, everyone has to learn, some the hard way $$$$$. I do not teach people from what I have learned by putting them down for not knowing, I try to help educuate on what I have learned from my experances. Would I chose this route again I don't realy know, but my last dog came from the newspaper, any better NO just again the dog I wanted to give a good home to & a friend for Zero. I am still learning & don't need put down for it. My dogs are so SPIOLED & LOVED & I enjoy them as much as they enjoy living here.

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Leah G.
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Jan 24, 2009

I don't know the answer, but it's a question I may submit to our local news channel--they have a kind of "consumer bulldog" to break stories like this. I'm afraid to learn the answers though. . .

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heather c.
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Jan 24, 2009

i believe if they dont sell they go to a shelter or are just euthenized its awfull but true

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Anonymous
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Jan 24, 2009

It's not a pleasant ending. The puppies were killed at a local pet store here until a very powerful anchorwoman went in and got it closed down. Good question as this brings awareness even as disgusting as this situation is.

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lindsey c.
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Jan 24, 2009

a friend of my boyfriend works at a pet store where we got our two bostons... they told him they were really glad we took our female, that she was up to be euthanized because they couldn't drop the price any more and she had been there for so long.. i think its a really big shame pet stores would be willing to do that with puppies.. why not give them to rescues at least?!

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