After some touch-and-go days at the hospital, Muffin pulled through - but not before racking up a $9,473 vet bill. She probably contracted the illness at some point on her journey from the Missouri puppy mill where she was bred to the New York pet store where she was sold.
Back in August, Phoenix, Arizona, became one of the latest U.S. cities to require that pet stores sell only rescue dogs and cats. Advocates in Sarasota County hope their hometown will follow suit, but the meeting was just a preliminary one, giving locals a chance to voice their opinion about the issue's importance.
The room was packed - and the board voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing about a puppy mill ban. The hearing has been scheduled for January.
Barr's former employers at Petland unsurprisingly disagree with her accounts of working at the pet shop - one current employee told Fox13 news that the pet store was "like daycare," saying "they are going to get a cold, but we don't have dead, dying dogs here."