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July 15, 2010

Empire State Pet Store Chain Takes 'Puppy Friendly' Pledge

Petland Discounts of N.Y. signs pledge committing to support local animal adoption programs instead of selling puppies

Petland Discounts, with nearly 100 outlets the N.Y. Tri-State area, a privately owned pet store chain, has signed The Humane Society of the United States' puppy friendly pet store pledge, committing not to sell puppies, but instead support local animal adoption programs and provide literature that helps customers learn how to locate a reputable breeder.

The HSUS applauds this corporate chain that has signed the pledge because their actions prove it is not necessary to support the cruel puppy mill trade to operate a successful pet-related business.

"This company sets a positive example of corporate responsibility for other businesses to follow," said Stephanie Shain, senior director of The HSUS' puppy mills campaign. "Unlike the national Petland, Inc chain of pet stores that has been investigated by The HSUS and linked to puppy mills, the unaffiliated Petland Discounts chain has never sold puppies, supports animal shelters and pet adoption, and is part of the solution to the puppy mill problem."

"Now in our 45th year, we are proud to work with the many local shelters and rescue groups here in the Tri-State area promoting adoptions. Together, Petland Discounts and the many rescue groups and shelters have found loving "forever" homes for many of these animals. Petland Discounts also provides savings on pet supplies for the animals adopted at these events," stated Amy Kimmel, Public Relations Director of Petland Discounts.

Store owners who sign The HSUS' pledge receive a placard proclaiming, "We love puppies; that's why we don't sell them," to display in the store, as well as materials about adopting a dog or finding a responsible breeder. The HSUS encourages shoppers to purchase pet supplies at stores displaying the puppy-friendly sign.

Petland Discounts retailers across the Tri-State area are located in the following cities and states:

  • Nassau County, N.Y. (8)
  • Suffolk County, N.Y. (8)
  • Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx - New York City, N.Y. (62)
  • Westchester, N.Y. (4)
  • Connecticut (3)
  • New Jersey (10)

Policy Helps Dogs Across the United States

The majority of pet stores that sell puppies carry dogs from puppy mills, which are mass production facilities that churn out large numbers of puppies under inhumane conditions. The breeding dogs at puppy mills spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention or quality of life. Consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores or over the Internet without seeing a breeder's home firsthand are often unknowingly supporting this cruel puppy mill industry.

Facts

  • Approximately one-third of the nation's 9,000 independent pet stores sell puppies.
  • The HSUS estimates that 2 million to 4 million puppy mill puppies are sold each year in the United States.
  • Documented puppy mill conditions include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, crowded cages and lack of socialization.
  • Dogs kept for breeding in puppy mills suffer for years in continual confinement. They are bred as often as possible and then destroyed or discarded once they can no longer produce puppies.
  • Pet stores and online sellers often use attractive Web sites to hide the truth and to dupe consumers into thinking that they are dealing with a small, reputable breeder.
  • Reputable breeders never sell puppies over the Internet or through a pet store and will insist on meeting the family who will be purchasing the dog.
  • Puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, which results in millions of unwanted dogs euthanized at shelters every year.

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