(KMOX)-An undercover investigation has found that thousands of puppies being sold in New York pet stores are being imported from Missouri puppy mills, including up to five mills listed among the state’s notorious “Dirty Dozen”.
The Humane Society of the United States claims that the hidden-camera probe found that over a four-month period this year, more than 3,000 puppies were shipped from Missouri to New York.
The Society’s Missouri Director, Barbara Schmitz, believes that’s just the tip of the iceberg, “Missouri is known as the puppy mill capital of the country. We have many, many, many high volume breeders here in Missouri who are literally exporting hundreds of thousands of puppies a year.”
Schmitz says all the New York pet stores denied knowing that the puppies came from high volume mills, which leads her to believe they all did know, ‘I think if it is a lack of knowledge alone then some of the facilities or some of the pet stores would have said , ‘Oh, I just don’t know’ or some of them would have admitted the relationships. Instead there was a very consistent response.”
Schmitz says the society is urging inspectors to take a look at conditions at some of the facilities where the puppies were born. It is also looking at other legal options both in Missouri and New York.
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