Bought Nearly 9,000 Puppies From Missouri Mills In 2009
POSTED: 4:46 pm PDT October 15, 2010
UPDATED: 7:08 pm PDT October 15, 2010
SAN DIEGO -- The Humane Society of the United States said California residents bought nearly 9,000 puppies from the puppy mill capitol of the U.S. last year.
According to state-issued health certificates sent to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, nearly 9,000 puppies were shipped from Missouri brokers and breeders between January 2009 and December 2009 to California. They were shipped to pet stores or directly to pet owners responding to Internet or newspaper advertisements. A conservative estimate of the retail value of these dogs approaches $9 million.
The data suggests two-thirds of the puppies were shipped to Southern California, with 763 puppies ending up in San Diego County.
"Despite our reputation as a pet-loving culture, the evidence is in that Californians don't yet understand the perils of buying puppies online or at pet stores. California consumers continue to provide dollars that help drive Missouri's factory-style production of man's best friend; in fact, many are supporting some of the most deplorable facilities in the state," said the HSUS' California Senior State Director Jennifer Fearing, who led the analysis. "It's easy to fall in love with an adorable puppy displayed online or at the mall, but behind the cuteness is cruelty no pet lover could support."
Missouri puppy mill dogs were purchased by:
number pet store or person
309 California Pets 200 E. Via Rancho Parkway #363 Escondido CA 92025 SAN DIEGO
130 California Pets II 2525 El Camino Real, Ste 264 Carlsbad CA 92008 SAN DIEGO
116 Puparazzi 1640 Camino Del Rio N, #216 A San Diego CA 92108 SAN DIEGO
100 Danna Messick 1671 Burris Dr El Cajon CA 92019 SAN DIEGO
37 Critters & Pets 1530 Indian Summer Ct San Marcos CA 92069 SAN DIEGO
31 Todd Howard 1318 Via Encinos Dr. Fallbrook CA 92028 SAN DIEGO
26 Pet Works 5500 Glassmore Center SK 257 La Mesa CA 91942 SAN DIEGO
12 Gene Schoente (or Schoenle) 28421 Sage Glen Trail Escondido CA 92026 SAN DIEGO
2 Puppy Time 513 Parkway Plaza El Cajon CA 92020 SAN DIEGO
ADT: Corrections to the above article -- Pet Works is located in Grossmont Shopping Center at 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. The Puppy time store in El Cajon has closed and has reopened as Pups and Pets at 50 Town Center Parkway, Santee. As of October 30, 2010, the Pups and Pets store had 11 puppies for sale from Missouri.
The above statistics from the HSUS and Channel 10 News only count dogs brought in from Missouri puppy mills, not the total numbers of dogs purchased from dog factory farms by each pet store. The Animal Defense Team has protested at California Pets, Puparazzi,, Pups and Pets and at Pet Works dozens of times in 2009.
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