The United States Humane Society found in an undercover investigation that suppliers to pet stores throughout New Jersey were often cited by U.S. authorities for neglect, mistreatment and more, a Monday report revealed.
Investigators visited every known pet store in New Jersey that sells puppies throughout July and August — 29 stores in all.
- The poor conditions at Passaic Pets in Passaic in Passaic and Petite Pups in Paterson were reported to local law enforcement agencies for review.
- The NY Puppy Club in Edgewater had a bulldog puppy in its store in July from an Oklahoma supplier in violation of PPPA, who was cited for numerous sick or injured dogs.
- Wayne Puppies was found to have purchases puppies from Judy Maassen/J Maassen Inc., who was cited by the USDA in 2014 for listing "gunshot in brain at close range" as a routine method of euthanasia, the report says (page 5).
- Petite Pups in Paterson purchased puppies from an Ohio repeat offender on the Horrible Hundred, who was citing for having 7 dead puppies on his property in a single day, and more, the report says.
- Fashionable Pets in Paramus refused to give undercover investigators information about the origins of the puppies and no information was posted on or near the animals’ cages as required by law, the report says. Information that the store provided to the borough indicates that it purchased at least one puppy from a Missouri supplier who was cited for having a puppy found outside in the freezing cold “in a statue-like state [with] imprints from the wire flooring” across his body," the report says.
Research indicated that many stores are buying from breeders with documented Animal Welfare Act violations, including more than 50 facilities that have appeared in one or more of The HSUS’s Horrible Hundred reports, an annual report on problem puppy mills.
HSUS researchers also found apparent violations of New Jersey’s Pet Purchase Protection Act (PPPA), which went into effect in June 2015.
The act requires pet stores to disclose breeder information on puppies’ cages or enclosures, and to purchase only from breeders who do not have certain recent, severe Animal Welfare Act1 violations, among other rules, HUSU says.
Six of the 29 stores visited failed to disclose any breeder information to potential buyers in violation of state law. Among them were Fashionable Pets in Paramus and Passaic Pets in Passaic.
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