Our team mobilized to take care of three puppies abandoned by the American Kennels pet store in New York City following our secret investigation. HSUS
The holidays have been busier and happier in at least three HSUS households this season, as colleagues stepped up to care for three puppies abandoned by the American Kennels pet store in New York City. The abandonments of Rocky, an Akita, Rosie, a Morkie and Pogo, a Jack Russell terrier, followed our recent secret investigation, which found that the store was selling sick puppies and not providing proper care for sick dogs in the store. , resulting in the death of at least one puppy.
The HSUS team members who welcomed the puppies were deeply moved by the experience. “It was heartbreaking to know that these little puppies, who were just starting in life, suffered from so many preventable problems,” said John Goodwin, senior director of the Stop Puppy Mills campaign at the HSUS. “I welcomed Rocky and my family worked hard to get him back to good health and to give him the first real love he felt in his life.”
“It was heartwarming to see Rosie so excited to finally be able to run and play once she was free from that little pet crate,” said Kathleen Summers, Director of Outreach and Research for the Stop Puppy Campaign. Mills of HSUS. “I have never seen a puppy so excited. Even though she came straight from the pet store and was already suffering from kennel cough and Giardia, her mind was strong and she was able to recover.
Our investigation revealed that American Kennels procured puppies from puppy mills and puppy mill brokers. The store turned over the three puppies to the city after authorities determined the dogs were from puppy mill brokers, or “B-dealers,” in apparent violation of city law.
After their abandonment, the puppies went directly to the vet for treatment, then to our colleagues where they were able to receive 24-hour care and follow-up. At least four more puppies returned by the store the following week have gone to local organizations that are part of the HSUS ‘Shelter & Rescue partner placement program.
These adorable vacationers did not come without problems; like many pet store puppies, they were sick. All three arrived with kennel coughs and two had giardia, a parasite that can be transmitted to humans and other pets. The oldest puppy, six-month-old Pogo, was found to have lung damage because he was sick in the store for weeks, along with deformed front paws, possibly after spending so many months in a cage.
The puppies are now on the road to recovery and on their way to loving homes.
In addition to demanding that American Kennels renounce
We are asking the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to deny American Kennels the renewal of its pet facility license.
While the New York Attorney General’s Office has yet to announce any specific action related to US kennels, it recently filed a lawsuit against another puppy store, Shake a Paw, alleging that both of its locations were selling sick puppies and injured hundreds of consumers.
The retail model we have championed and celebrated for pet stores encourages the adoption of puppies and older dogs from rescues and humanitarian companies raised and cared for in the right circumstances. As we have seen and proven time and time again, retail pet stores that keep such animals on their premises indefinitely are unable to meet the social, emotional, physical and developmental needs of animals. The dogs they keep are forced to live in small cages almost constantly, and they don’t receive the veterinary care and attention that ensures their healthy growth and development.
Time may soon be running out for pet stores in New York City looking to sell puppies due to pending legislation. If you live in New York City, please contact your state senator and assembly member today to encourage their support for S.1130 / A.
In 2022, we will continue to advance our campaign to shut down the pipeline of puppy mills and pet stores across this country. Five states and more than 400 localities have approved laws banning the sale of puppies in pet stores for animal welfare and consumer protection reasons, and we are working to protect the right of local governments to take such action. The case is simple. Animals like Rocky, Rosie, and Pogo are not commodities, they are companions, and our laws should protect them.
Learn more about the American Kennels survey on our Humane Voices podcast.