March 11th, 2005, 03:16 PM
I was browsing around looking for petstores on the east coast and I found this link.
I was I bought my last dog at a pet store and now I'm afraid to buy from them.
Guess the local SPCA is the best option.
March 11th, 2005, 03:29 PM
Shelters are ok but if you want to buy a "new" dog, there are hundreds of responsible, reputable breeders too. I'd rather everyone adopt instead of bringing a new dog on the market, but I can only make that choice for myself...
March 11th, 2005, 03:35 PM
Yeah I guess you're right.
It's really hard to know who to buy from and where to buy. I guess a caring breeder will be more then willing to answer any questions you have as they care as much or more about the puppies then you do.
I was just shocked at the pet store story.
Guess it's all about the bottom line for some stores. Of course there has to be some good ones out there!
March 11th, 2005, 04:01 PM
I read the story about the rottweiler puppy and I think I would go after the vet when I got done with the pet store! I have never heard of a dog getting bloody diarrhea from "dog food that was too hard". The pup never should have left the vet the first time.
Having said that, I can't imagine buying a puppy from an add on line. Yes, the breeder I would like to get my next puppy from lives across the country from me. No, I have never been to her house. BUT - I know several people who know her and her dogs are known in the show world. But to just pick out a puppy from a pet shop add is just beyond me.
March 11th, 2005, 04:05 PM
I bought my dog from Snookums and was totally unaware of the whole "puppy mill" situation at the store. I do remember that the conditions of the cages the animals were in were AWFUL...They were lying in their own poop. I mentioned this to the employee and she responed "Oh thanks for telling me, I must have missed that one." The floor of the pens were metal mesh (sort of) so that when the animal pooped or peed it would go right through. AWFUL... Then 2 years later we were hearing all of these stories about the store. Our dog, Kain, was advertised as a Husky collie mix...and said that he was brought in by a young couple whose dog just had puppies. It was a very smelly store...