Long beleaguered by public pressure, news investigations and disparaging online reviews, Joe Young, owner of Pets-R-Us, announced today an end to the sales of puppies in his Meadowood Mall pet store.
"This is a great day for our movement to end the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores as they are largely sourced from puppy mills," said Billy Howard, founding organizer of Puppy Mill Free Reno.
Mr. Howard has been working with Mr. Young for the past seven months for the conversion. "This is a great day not only for our local community but for the dogs in awful conditions all across the nation with yet another store not trafficking animals from the reprehensible puppy mill industry."
"Puppy mill" is a term used by activists for large scale breeding operations where the amount of animals kept in kennels (often stacked on top of each other) precludes the care they need including basic veterinarian exams and treatment, grooming and oral hygiene, let alone a kind and loving hand.
"Many supply-only stores are thriving in the area. Local shelters and rescue organizations are working with the stores to host adoption days and special events. This even includes the big box national-chain stores in our area which long ago stopped selling dogs, cats and rabbits and now ferrets are joining the list."