"The animal was first observed excessively salivating. Closer observation revealed the animal did not have any teeth and the jaw bone on the left side was partially missing and detached from the gums leaving the bone exposed."
Our findings are alarming but not surprising. This is an industry that, more often than not, cuts corners to get dogs to the market on the cheap, and then charges consumers exorbitant prices even as it provides substandard care. Previous HSUS investigations inChicago, New York, Texas, and Virginia have revealed similar shortcomings: pet stores all too often buy and sell puppies who are sourced from inhumane puppy mills that treat them like products, not living, breathing animals.
Our investigation, which tracked sales at 13 of the 17 stores that sell puppies, revealed:
Most of the puppies coming into Georgia from the Midwest during the 60-day period of our investigation came from the Hunte Corporation - a large Midwest puppy broker.
A breeder supplying a Petland outlet, Clear Springs Kennels in AR., was last year cited for several violations in a USDA inspection report, including dogs badly in need of veterinary care, broken wires in cages that pose an injury risk, and filth at the facility. Petland claims to have a policy of not buying from breeders with direct violations.
The owner of one of the pet stores our investigators visited, 19 breeders, was charged in 2009 with animal cruelty and 28 other animal offenses. He was found in violation for 18 counts of improper animal confinement.