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Puppy Mill Protest – Scottsdale
December 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Trendy Pet store at Scottsdale Mall has reverted back to selling puppies from puppy mills. The mall management previously prohibited the sale of puppy mill puppies, but the pet store was able to give them a false sense of assurance that they don’t buy from puppy mills because their breeders are USDA licensed. From the Humane Society of the United States regarding USDA licensed breeders: “Being USDA or government inspected does not mean that the business is not a puppy mill, any more than having a driver’s license guarantees that the holder is a good driver. Unfortunately, most USDA-licensed breeders house dozens or even hundreds of breeding dogs in small wire cages for their entire lives—and sadly, this is legal under current USDA regulations, which require only minimal standards of food, water and shelter. But many USDA facilities have been found in violation of even these minimal standards. It is extremely rare for the USDA to revoke a commercial breeder’s license or even fine a puppy mill that has repeated violations. There are hundreds of USDA-licensed puppy mills in operation that have long lists of violations and problems associated with them and yet regularly sell to pet stores.”