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Logical, Legal Weapon Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills
2001 | TheDogPress.com
Barbara Baxter Nielsen, AKC
2004 UPDATE: Barbara
Baxter Nielsen was taken by cancer in 2004. Think, as did we, how this simple
idea from 2001 can be expanded upon in your community. Call upon your local
veterinary association to join you in preparing a statement for the newspapers,
radio, and television stations. They will run it free as a Public Service
Announcement. And it is! Do not disregard it just because YOU would never buy
from a pet shop.
Until you win a political
seat, this is as strong a weapon against puppy mills and puppy/kitten shops as
we are likely to find and just as importantly, it will also insure better care
for the unfortunate animals in such facilities. We don’t know who drafted it so
we can’t give credit where it is most certainly due. It may have come from the
As a warning to potential
buyers and as a remedy IF they get a sick puppy .from a pet shop, here’s what to
do (after you’ve gotten treatment for the puppy) to resolve the situation, then
and in the future.
Immediately find out who the
vet are who signed off on the dogs health. Not only the vet who signed off on
them to be shipped ...BUT ALSO THE VET who Health Checked it AT THE STORE level.
This is all documented on the paperwork ...Most of the time the pet stores will
refer any illness back to the vet who did the initial glance over....so now you
have his/her name, number and address. (Editor: If the name of the vet from the
state of origin is missing from the paperwork, or the pet shop refuses your
verbal and if necessary, certified mail written request to provide the names of
both vets, call the State Veterinary Board.) Or call the "private breeder" since
they must provide all that documentation so "willingly".
You must then make a formal
and written complaint to BOTH the vet boards from which they came AND YOUR STATE
My vets tell me that one
little innocent person writing a half ass letter to the State Board is enough to
create a ton of problems for that vet. The board will launch an
investigation...apparently they come into the clinic and inspect everything from
top to bottom...they want to see paperwork, protocols, procedures, guidelines
and medicines. By a vet signing off on the health of a pet - they are ULTIMATELY
responsible for that pet if it dies. So now, the person who bought the puppy can
basically turn around and sue BOTH the petstore AND the store’s vet.
A couple of these reports,
investigations and problems for the clinic/vet...is enough to make a vet RUN
from these stores and never work with them again!
Since each puppy MUST by
FEDERAL LAW come with a health certificate....and have a health certificate from
the store....by canceling out the underhanded, sleazy vets who are making a
quick buck off the suffering of the petstore puppies....these petstores won't
have any vets to work with them. Because those vets who DO care and would never
work with a petstore STILL won't work with them.. it’s not much money and its
not worth their time or effort...they already have established practices and
THEY already know they'd be responsible for these puppies some where down the
I called a local vet here in
our area and told him point blank... "I know you work with the petstores and
mills and sign off on their health certificates...you will never get MY
business, and I will never refer ANY of the 4000+ adopters from MY shelter to
YOU. Furthermore, I will make sure that every other shelter and rescue within
100 miles is aware of this…" I continued on about how these sleazy stores are
continually selling the sick ones that he DIDN'T sign off on and the dogs that
are even checked off on their papers as NOT SALEABLE. Incredibly, people are
STILL paying top dollar for them! HELLO!!!!
Anyway, it may be a small
start but there usually is only a couple vets in a WIDE area that covers DOZENS
if not HUNDREDS of pet stores so - you start making complaints to the Vet Board
that they are signing off on sick dogs and YOU want to know what’s going on! How
could the board POSSIBLY ALLOW these vets to do this???? These state boards are
nasty troublesome headaches to the vet on the receiving end.
So if we can't get them
head-on....lets go around to the backdoor and take down their supporters!
Please post this far and
wide...and make sure that anyone involved in rescue, shelters, and closing pet
stores/puppy mills are aware of this. 99.9% of the time NO ONE knows where to
complain to when they get a sick puppy...this might start turning things upside
Now something like this would
NEVER affect ANY vet who is properly doing his/her job. It will target only
those vets who are into it for the money and don't care about the health and
welfare of the pets they are carrying for. This is not designed to be a lynch
mob...but simply to stop sick puppies and petstores from selling them...and to
hold those accountable who allow it.
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