Dr. Robert Osawa of Pet Hospital of North Park has sent us a message stating that he has contacted San Diego Puppy and Pups and Pets and told them he will no longer be available for pre-sale evaluations. We are forwarding this information to the Department of Animal Services so they can be sure David Salinas and Pups and Pets are following the law and if not, fine them appropriately (It is a $1,000 fine to not have a vet of record.).
We think this is a great breakthough and real cause for celebration!
Following is the letter we have now sent to Dr. Osawa:
From: Animal Defense Team
To: Roberto Osawa DVM Pet Hosp of North Park
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 9:37 AM
To Robert Osawa, DVM
Pet Hospital of North Park
From: San Diego Animal Defense Team
June 17, 2012
Dear Dr. Osawa,
Thank you for your letter. We applaud your decision to no longer provide pre-sale evaluations for San Diego Puppy and Pups and Pets.
The other work that you do –giving free first exams to all new customers and volunteering with the Pet Assistance Program for low-cost spay and neuter is admirable. We completely support spay and neuter programs and have never had a problem with your new customer policy, unless it is tied to being a puppy store vet of record.
We will of course be confirming your information. It is an important step in stopping the influx of puppy mill and backyard breeder puppies into pet stores in San Diego, and we welcome your participation as part of the solution! Knowing you would now agree to signing the Compassionate Vet Pledge from Prisoners of Greed, we are including it in this packet for you. Please sign and return.
There is a wonderful website we think you might find to be valuable that has direct information for professional veterinarians across the country regarding the inhumane and cruel industry of store puppies and puppies sold online. They also have informational brochures for your clients. The website is www.pupquest.org . You will see at the top a link to the section for veterinarians. We are also sending by mail a copy of the California State Pet Shop Laws.
We are adding this information to our website. Due to the information you sent us, we have not scheduled any more protests at your clinic.
Thank you so much. If you ever have questions, please feel free to contact us.
San Diego Animal Defense Team