Posted Monday, March 22, 2010 in
Puppy mills are a big problem in Missouri, according to St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
A study sponsored by local BBBs found consumers complaining about buying ill puppies and then not getting properly reimbursed for veterinarian fees. Unfortunately, that's not the only problem. There aren't enough inspectors to inspect the state's many licensed dog breeders, animal shelters, pet stores, intermediate handlers and dealers. State auditors have found that inspectors don't perform annual checks as they should.
The study also found that the state needs tougher laws on repeat offenders. In one case, inspectors found 103 violations after seven inspections within the time span of two years before action was taken by authorities. In another case, a breeder's license was cancelled and then reinstated three times before being cancelled a fourth time.
BBB recommends these tips when looking to buy a puppy:
- Don't purchase from an online breeder.
- Stay away from classified ads. Breeders will ask prospective buyers to view the puppy in a parking lot, away from the kennel. Consumers won't be able to tell how the puppy is supposed to behave in its natural environment.
- Use caution when buying from pet stores. Consumers have reported puppies getting sick shortly after purchase from some stores.
Read the full article at St. Louis Globe-Democrat by clicking here.