On March 26, 2011, California Pets owner Joe Shamore told the Animal Defense Team “I guarantee I don’t use the Hunte Corporation.” After questioning: “I didn‘t say I didn’t ever use them.” When asked when he stopped, he said “I stopped using them 5 or 6 years ago.” See the video above.
In fact, USDA records show California Pets received shipments of puppies from the Hunte Corp. in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Records for 2011 are not yet available. (source: petshoppuppies.org)
What the Heck is Hunte?
Pet stores that sell puppies commonly use brokers. “middleman” animal dealers that buy puppies from many different kennels and puppy mills for resale to pet stores. Major brokers include The Hunte Corp. in Goodman, Missouri, Lambriar Inc. in Mahaska, Kansas and Tracey’ K&J Pets in Fairgrove, Missouri. All have been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for multiple violations. California Pets has received shipments from all of them. (source:HSUS)
The Hunte Corp. alone processed at least 80,000 puppies through their assembly lines last year and ships an estimated 1500-2,000 puppies a week to pet stores all across the country.
The USDA has cited Hunte for keeping dozens of animals in too-small cages, repeatedly transporting underage puppies, and other violations. (source: HSUS) Their Southern Missouri Better Business Bureau rating is a D, based on an A-F schedule. (source: SM BBB)
They were cited and fined by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 2003 with clean water and waste violations for having “trenches of dead canines on the premises.” The Dept. spokesperson said Hunte “was close to violating the state’s dead animal disposal law, that allows no more than 1,000 pounds of dead animals per acre.” (source:BostonGlobe.com) How many dead puppies does it take to reach 1,000 pounds?
In 2006, 60 puppies were killed in a Hunte truck fire. All pups were caged in a 40 ft. trailer-truck and had already been transported 1,000 miles at the time they died. Another fire within a few months jeopardized 94 pups.
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