Letter to the Editor

Where Do the Puppies Really Come From? The only thing people see is the cute, fluffy, puppies that look ready to be adopted. But there’s more to it then what meets the eye. It is no surprise that the puppies sold at All Pet’s Club come from puppy mills throughout the USA. Most people aren’t aware of what goes on behind the scenes of the puppies’ early lives and their parents’ lives. As humans, it is up to us to take a stand for the animals that cannot stand up for themselves. It is up to us to take care of the creatures that God put on this earth to accompany us. It is up to us to stop the inhumane treatment that dogs receive on a daily basis. It is up to us to put a stop to puppy mills. A petition to stop All Pets Club from selling puppy mill dogs by change.org claimed, “All Pets Club is legally required to name the breeders where their puppies have come from. They mislead the public by saying the dogs come from small breeders who care about the dogs they sell. “This shows just how sneaky the All Pets Club staff is and not to mention how easy it is to trick people into believing that they care about the puppies and they all come from safe breeders. Many adults are gullible and buy puppies because they appear very cute and their kids want one. The more puppies that are bought, the more puppy mills have an impact in the world. Puppy Mills are like prisons for dogs, except the dogs are treated way worse. No animal should be treated how dogs are when they are in puppy mills. I hope that this has opened your eyes to this situation and we can all work together to put an end to this.

Johnna-Lynn Palmese is a student at Branford High School.

(41) comments

Guest

Johnna-Lynn please message me for tons more information on this subject. You are spot on with your assessment of puppy mills. I would be glad to help you with information about the right way to breed puppies and also breed rescue which I did fo rd Westies for 15 years.

Guest

Great, put another business out of business.

Guest

You obviously care nothing for the welfare of the dogs that live in hell to provide them with puppies

Guest

We bought 2 puppies from All Pets Club and they are the most incredible thing that ever happened to our lives. I don't thing you can make a blanket statement without all of the facts.

Guest

She is absolutely correct. She did not say you wouldn't love your dogs. She said the dogs that produced those cute puppies are living in hell. If people stop buying puppies from pet stores, then there will be no need for puppy mills. Please, look them up on the aspca website. Responsible breeders do NOT sell to pet stores. They want to know where there pups are going. There adult large breed dogs have the proper hip X-rays, elbow X-rays, etc done before breeding so that you get a healthy puppy. They usually charge less than pet stores do too. I have a rescue that was originally purchased from all pets. He was given up at 6 months because of health problems.

Guest

I have bought 4 puppies at all pets club and have never had a problem with any of them. I have even contacted the breeder's to them and spoke directly to them about my puppies to get more information from them, and they were nothing but helpful and caring. Whether an animal comes from an unregistered backyard breeder or a pet store, all of them deserve a good home and a happy life. And on a side note, the ASPCA spends millions of dollars a year on creating ridiculous commercial ads, to me that is not a good reliable source for information. They should spend more money on helping the animals than on there ad campaigns.

Guest

Check out national milk dog rescue. You'll see what the parents of your dogs look like when they are finally given up by the "breeders"

Guest

I'm so glad you love your dogs. While their parents live a living nightmare-- I was ignorant as well and I have purchased dogs from pet stores that were amazing members of my family for 16 years. When I discovered based on their certificate where they came from it is a legit puppy mill. It absolutely broke my heart. I was not aware at the time and to think that my dogs parents were likely living a tortured horrific life just killed me. Every puppy purchased from a store like that from a mill is inhumane. It doesn't matter how cute they look in there. Except the fact that you did contribute to the problem. And don't do it again

Guest

I have been a customer of All Pets Club for many years. They have a great staff, very knowledgeable and very transparent to say the least. The animals and puppies always are happy and loved and all the information is readily available on their puppies. I have a friend who got their puppy from them who is 6 now and is absolutely the best thing.

Guest

Puppy sure are cute while their parents are being tortured and suffering. I'm sure the staff at the store is great but they should stop selling puppies. Plenty of dogs that need to be adopted purebreds etc. because we live in a sickeningly disposable society. Open your mind. Think beyond your impulse purchase. Except the fact that puppy mills exist in this particular store uses them. Sorry not sorry.

Guest

I'm glad you had a great experience and I agree the staff is very helpful and friendly but they are just doing their job. I'm sure they don't see where the dogs come from. Everything looks good on paper. I know several people that have purchased dogs from All Pets Club and several of them have had multiple health issues. Even the vets will tell you puppies from pet stores are not the most healthy pets to begin with. And don't get me started on how the poor mothers are treated having several litters a year. That is animal cruelty at the worst!

Guest

What dont you ignorant people get....were not saying the puppies you you buy arent adorable....or loving...or the staffe isnt helpful,...its thr dogs that are breed to produce these puppies are kept in cages ll their lived and just produce more...if you think thats humane....then your as ignorant as your responses

Guest

If I may respond to your comment here. I'd like to add that although the puppies are well taken care of at the store themselves its were the dogs come from that is the problem. Also not everyone who works with and takes care of the puppies actually knows what there doing. Take it from someone who has actually worked at all pets club and more specifically worked in the puppy department, not all the people who work back there know how to take care of animals. When I was employed there, to be blunt, many of my coworkers did not know how to take care of dogs. Before working there I had volunteered at the Dan Cosgrove Animal shelter for a year or so prior and had experience working with puppies and full grown dogs. Not to mention I own two dogs of my own.

Guest

I don't see any evidence to back your claim. All Pets say the puppies come from small breeders and you say they come from puppy mills.

Guest

Go and visit one of the breeders and see what you find. Everything looks good on paper and anyone can sound like they are legit but you don't see what it's really like.

Guest

Could you please tell me which breeders you personally visited, so I can do the same?

Guest

Reputable breeders do not sell their puppies to stores. I have purchased two dogs from private breeders and they want to meet you and know where their puppies will be going. Please don't fool yourself into thinking these puppies are from some nice family wanting to make people happy with puppies. The dog industry is a money making business. The breeders are just out to make money. Not all puppy mills consist of hundreds of dogs some are smaller. Please understand that the breeding dogs are not pets they are a source of income and when they can no longer produce they are no longer valuable to the breeder. Some breeders sell the parents, some let them go to rescues such as NMDR and others are just shot. That is the truth.

Guest

Take it from someone who worked there in the puppy department. They get there dogs from puppy mills. Also I highly encourage you to research where they get there dogs from yourself. It only took myself a couple google searches to find multiple legal infringements and incidents this company has had in the past decade+. (In regards to where they get there dogs from)

Guest

Thank you for sharing this information. My son is 3 and a half and is allergic to dogs but lately I’ve really wanted him to get to experience the joy of a puppy. We went to all pets club just to see the fish and look around. We saw one “hypoallergenic” dog that my son fell in love with but the dog not only costed 1500 dollars, I also just felt like something wasn’t right.. I’m not an experienced dog buyer or anything of the sort so hearing about puppy mills is very new to me. It’s astonishing and I will be searching for the perfect caring breeder before adding to the torture these dogs go through. Thank you!

Guest

We bought our dog from all pets club 3 years ago. He almost died because he was so sick. He was on 8 different medications for the first month of living with us and i really thought he might not make it. It was heart breaking. I know someone who worked there who told me after that they are indeed sadly from puppy mills. Once i did more research i was so heartbroken. He has had MAJOR behavior/social/emotion/aggression issues since he was a puppy. We have spent thousands on training but sadly he is the way he is because of how he was breaded and all his previous trainers agree.

Guest

I got my pure bred 1 year old golden from Branford animal control - a rescue whose paperwork showed she was purchased fro all pets club before she became a shelter dog. Stick to rescues and we can put mass breeders out of business and drive more pet stores to house adoptable pets.

Guest

The most irresponsible piece ever written about a business on this page. This site (Branfordseven) should be ashamed of itself. If you're going allow an attack by a high schoolers classroom report (more like a biased hit piece) on a local business, you had better back it up with facts.

Branfordseven hiding behind the very thin veil of 'it's a letter from a citizen' does not absolve them of any irresponsibility on this sites part. All Pets Club should forward this to their legal department for possible Legal action. This is slander toward ever employee that works there and defamation... libel toward All Pets Club. How irresponsible and potentially illegal.

This is nothing more than a hit piece by a high schooler doing a report for a school class project. Where are your facts to support your negative comments about this business and it's employees? There is not other business mentioned. It's clearly about All Pets Club alone.

Does this mother even know the definition of facts? If you're so concerned, Where's your articles about PETA killing millions of animals every single year?

How do you think animals get to shelters? Do you think they just volunteraly go there for a vacation? It's abusive owners that abandon them whether they get them from mills or your next door 'Neighbor breeder'. Try writing about that instead! ALL animals deserve a home... regardless of where they come from. If the writer of this 'letter'/hit piece and her mother truly cared, try writing a real investigative report with printed facts of these mills.

Furthermore. Shame on every RTM member for liking this article! Part of your job is to help create jobs and industry. All that's been done here is harm to our town, the caring employees that work at All Pets Club and our tax base. This businesss deserves a retraction and an apology. It's quite obvious the leadership in this town is controlled by the mass hysteria of ill informed day time soap opera watching crazed morons. Shame on all of you.

Guest

Seems personal.....

Guest

Typical non-Intelligent response. The only thing personal here is the shameful, unfounded, erroneous, unproved and deceptive garbage written as a 'letter' as well as most of the comments written here. It does nothing but harm to a business that has been in operation for more than many of you have been alive. It harms our business tax base which further raises questions of a conspiracy by a group of the 'good ole boys' from the 'club'. When you smell garbage, there's usually vermin involved.

Guest

Why are you so worried about a business that sales die puppy’s ?

Guest

Yup

Guest

Truth hurts

Guest

Hmmm.. are you one of the puppy mill owners because it sounds like you are in everything you wrote. Hitler created jobs with his death camps doesn't mean it's a good way to create jobs or get tax revenue... just saying...

Guest

Sounds like you are either a breeder or a owner of the store that this articl is about. Shame on you for attacking a young girl.

Guest

To whomever left this comment. I can see you're rather upset by this article. I completely understand where you are coming from and why you may be upset. Although this article may lack facts having worked at all pets club myself in the puppy department I can reassure you this article is rather accurate in regards to where they get there puppies from and the treatment of said animals. And I would like to add that this article is an "opinion" piece. Also although you are very much entitled to your own opinion. Leaving a rather aggressive and hateful comment on a high schoolers article is hardly appropriate. Especially when posting under an anonymous account. However if you have any questions about the treatment of the animals or anything in the article you were just curious about please feel free to contact me personally. I'd be very much happy to answer any questions you have, even in person.

Guest

I too questioned the origin of these puppies, but a competitor told me they are from out of state dog auctions. All puppies at the store have documentation on the breeders. They will remain in a store until sold, unlike so many animals at shelters. Rescue and repeat!

Guest

Have you ever tried contacting one of these documented breeders? Good luck, I have.

Guest

Which ones did you try to contact?

Guest

Anyone who thinks that ANY pet store gets puppies from "reputable" breeders is crazy. If you have ever bought a puppy from a "reputable" breeder you will know that the breeder cares deeply about where the puppy is going and doesn't just ship them off to stores. The breeding dogs at puppy mills live a horrific life. If you choose to ignore that, and continue to perpetuate this whole industry by purchasing from pet stores, then shame on you. I think this letter is spot on and written by someone compassionate and caring. If All Pets Club cares about the animals they sell they will change their business model. We do not need to perpetuate a business that literally depends on cruelty to animals for its "merchandise."

Guest

Noble idea, heart is in the right place, sympathize with your sentiments entirely. but please, do not get the government involved. organize a boycott, pressure the company where it matters most to them. That would be effective. Petition drive and government hearings merely divert energy away from where it would be most effective.

Guest

Why is ANYONE paying ANY money for a dog from a pet store? Because they can finance their heartbreak into easy monthly payments! They think they're buying a quality "product" just because it's expensive - and they got fooled, like a growing epidemic of others, who thought the same.

Reputable, responsible breeders NEVER sell to pet stores! Their ultimate goal is to better their chosen breed, focusing on producing a sound mind in a sound body. This is accomplished with an exhaustive and complete understanding of genetics, including health and temperament for many generations, on both sides of the pedigree. Reputable, responsible breeders' puppies are raised "under foot" in the home, as part of the family, until they are ready for a family of their own. They do not breed in "factory farming conditions," or sell to "brokers" and they do not rely on "impulse buyers." They care about where their puppies go, and to whom. Reputable, responsible breeders never sell to anyone sight unseen. They also maintain contact with their buyers - and if there is ever an issue, are willing to take the dog back, regardless of when that may be, or why. Reputable, responsible breeders also DO NOT use finance companies!

If you have your heart set on a certain breed, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Make sure that's the breed that best fits with your family! You can google any breed you like, and find associated area rescues. Also check your local shelter. You may be pleasantly surprised! If you are dead-set on a puppy, and can afford to spend at pet store prices, why not find a reputable, responsible breeder and purchase a QUALITY puppy? If you can't afford it and must rely on pet store financing to do so, WAIT until you don't have to do that!

Valerie

I'm shocked at the number of people who are criticizing and bullying a young girl because she's exercising her First Amendment right! I've done lots of research on puppy mills and any pet store that is selling puppies for profit is buying dogs from puppy mills! Reputable breeders don't sell their puppies to pet stores. They want to meet the puppy's parents in person, have them sign a contract, and will take the dog back for any reason at any time during the life of the dog. Don't be fooled by employees of pet stores telling you they get their puppies from USDA licensed breeders. That means nothing because puppy mills are legal under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) of 1966. AWA allows dogs to be kept in wire cages, with a wire floor, that are only 6" wider and 6" longer than the size of the dog for their entire lives. The dogs are considered 'livestock', not companion animals and their living conditions can be substandard under the law! They are referred to as 'breeding stock'. The USDA removed their online database in early February so none of us can check for breeder violations. This young lady has more courage than most adults for speaking out publicly about pet stores. She is the future! I wish I had her grit when I was her age!

Guest

News flash! Her age has nothing to do with it. If you care to write a piece about the horrors of the USDA, I suggest you add PETA to the list. This is simply an attack on one business and nothing to do with the USDA. Furthermore, when's the last time you ate an egg? Have you seen how chickens are kept? When's the last time you ate meat? Have you seen how cows and pigs are slaughtered? Your phony self righteous repsponses are despicable. You'll probably have some stupid comment that you don't eat meat so let me Me ask you this; when is the last time you drobe by a KFC or McDonalds, got out of your car and protested? You're a hypocrite! In fact every last one of of you defending this article are phony hypocrits.... where were you 2 weeks ago? 2 months ago? 2 years ago? Some child writes a school report with ZERO facts to back anything up about a pet store in town and the rest of you do the same thing..... innuendos! Not one fact about this pet store! Not one! Cosgrove animal shelter has an issue with them! That's a fact! This is a hit piece! Nothing more! You think posting a you tube video supports this claim? Lol. I have a bridge in New York to sell you! Facts are not a video of a bad managed mill! You make it sound like 'reputable' breeders are saints! What makes them reputable? Your opinion? You've done research? Show us! Bring in a slew of them! Let's have a public meeting on it. I bought my dog at a pet store and know her parents! They are treated great! There is bad in the world no matter where you look. Try driving down the Berlin turnpike and saving young girls and boys from sex trafficking! Then I'll have some form respect for you people in defense of this attack on a sole business that employs people who don't feed off the system! Grow up and get tour priorities straight! So tired of the ignorant soap opera crowd who jump on rumor and make it fact! Ignorance is bliss! Education will save you! This article is not education! Nor should it be commended as one. This is a failed report by a student who needs a lesson in how to actually write an investigative piece. I applaud her effort. Nothing else!

Maggie

I'd like to comment as an unknowing two time puppy mill purchaser and Dog Parent........
I lived in Kansas and Missouri back in the 1980s. Being originally from BFD, being young and naive I knew nothing about Puppy Mills. All I knew was that I was thousands of miles away from home, wanted a puppy badly and didn't have a neighbor or two whose Dog had just had a litter so, I went to a Pet Store. I bought a beautiful registered, purebred, runt of the litter. I was soon back for another because I felt bad leaving one home alone. So, now I had two beautiful Dogs and was thrilled. However, by the time the first was 6 months old my 1st of many heartbreaks began. The older one's "cute little puppy waddle" never changed. The Vet said he had hip Dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia was not common to this breed as it is more common in some breeds. The Vet then questioned where he was purchased because knowing he was a purebred with Papers the Vet wanted the Breeder reported and investigated for inbreeding, etc. Surely you all know about inbreeding................ The act of breeding (making babies) between blood related animals. Maybe a Mother and Son, Father and Daughter, Sisters and Brothers, etc. You know; Incest....all the ways that are "mostly" illegal and immoral in regard to Humans. (I say mostly because of some of the beliefs still held by a few people or groups of people.) My Dog was not a breed prone to hip Dysplasia and he was only 6 months old! That's when I learned the harsh reality of "Puppy Mills". There wasn't anything the Vet could do or any help he could lend me against a Pet Store. Puppy mills in Middle America, I had learned was how some people put food on their tables instead of going to work 9-5. Those type of horrible people are simply put Dog "Pimps."
They are (at that time) largely unregulated, not registered, etc.
Now I was living in the middle of the horrific puppy mill center of the USA. So much for the so called Heartland to me. So, I went back to the store thinking I could talk to them about this. However, I was met with the total opposite attitude by which he was sold to me. I was told that these things happened, it was no big deal and if I wanted to return him they'd give me my money back. That was it; cold and flat. No compensation for the large Vet bills, no compassion nor concern and certainly no apology.... nothing. It was merely a $$$$ transaction. It killed part of my spirit to learn about these puppy mills and that I now had 2 Dogs from one or maybe 2 of them. It left me with a life long scare that I had probably contributed to a sweet, innocent Mama Dogs living, Torturous Hell of a so called life. Also, there was the Males who were kept for breeding purposes only. They were chained up outside 24/7. That was for 2 reasons, 1 to make them aggressive and vicious to protect the puppy mill property (the other Dogs) from wild animals and possible theft. 2. To keep them from not trying to mate so they would be "hungry to mate with any Dog when needed.
I was raised by 2 loving Parents that were full of honesty, caring, compassion and everything good in this World. This puppy mill experience went against every fiber of my being and left me guilt ridden. After raising my beautiful Fur Boy for 6-7 months there was no way I could part with him! All I could wonder day and night was what would the pet store do with him. Reduce his price and sell him to another unsuspecting "target?" Send him back to the puppy mill he came from to father more sick Dogs? (Now I knew why the pet store advised me not to have him "fixed" before 6 months!) Certainly I knew that whatever it was they would do wasn't going to be humane at all! By now I tried to learn as much as possible about puppy mills and what I learned was so disturbing and sick that I'm sorry, but I can't bear to speak of it all to this very day. The heartbreak of raising my very first 2 "boys" is as raw today if not worse as what I went through at the time. As Dogs their spirit, joy and unconditional love could not be measured. They were perfect, beautiful, wonderful, loving Dogs. Except for all of their health issues. If you are one of the lucky few to get a healthy Dog from a puppy mill source you are Blessed, but you should still be aware of what you are helping to purpetuate. The "Mother or Female", more aptly called "The Machine" (named by the puppy mill owners themselves!) were kept solely for the purpose of giving birth. They were started as soon as possible. They are kept isolated in tiny metal cages (That kept her timid and "controlled", think Beaten Down. Also, there was no place to get away when the male was put in with her to make a litter) no cushy beds (maybe dirty old rags to lay on) no toys, no fancy, clean bowls, just enough food and water to survive because they were the bread winners! They were usually outdoors no matter the Weather!
In KS & MO it could be up to a sweltering 110 degree heat in the Summer and down to the -20 degrees ( Below 0! ) in the dead of Winter! That's how they were treated as long as they could produce babies. If they (the machine) got sick they wouldn't be brought to a Vet because that would expose the puppy mills dirty secrets and they could risk being shut down. So, the owner would try to treat them well enough to squeeze out one more litter before "disposing" of them or simply letting them starve to death to save on the cost of food and a bullet. Once they were of no more use the greedy "breeders" wouldn't waste any more money on them so typically they were just taken out back and shot to death. No burial, no pain killers, absolutely No humane euthanasia........ They were usually left there in a pile for the wild animals to feed on because it helped to keep them away from the other Dogs. There was usually no more puppy time spent with their Mothers than was physically necessary so, the pups were often weened too early. This was very damaging to the health of the Mother! She never naturally weened her pups, she never healed properly between births and never had any quality of life. I learned that weening any animal from it's natural time frame has long term - most likely lifetime damaging affects to that animal. It could be emotionally (aggressiveness, etc), socially because they had very little time to socialize with their siblings or physically (digestive problems, hernias, etc.). It is a Barbaric Existance, Not a Life! I moved back to BFD after aprox. 4 years. I spent the rest of their lives taking the very best possible care of them as I could. I spent a small fortune, cried uncountable tears and suffered irreparable heartache. The "Purebred" lived only until 9 years old and the "healthier" (compared to his Brother) lived to 13 years old.
I don't know how to get my point across any better about Not Buying Any Dog From a Puppy Mill Source than to share with you all my personal heartaches. I lived in Puppy Mill Central, Raised two puppy mill Dogs and learned far more than I ever wanted to know about the Reality of puppy mills. Just the name "Mill" should nauseate all of you. Think of the Water Mill spinning and spinning; well that's the life of a puppy mill "Parent", just spinning and spewing out puppies as fast as they can for as long as they can. This is one horrific part of the happenings in the World that we can actually change! Maybe we can't rid the World of Puppy Mills Completely, but we can stop the blood from getting on our hands. Please help this Innocent Dogs who have no voice. Thank you

Guest

I have a new client that recently purchased a four week old puppy from All Pets Club in Wallingford. This isn’t legal in CT. No puppy should leave their mom prior to eight weeks of age. This puppy had three siblings that were sold before he was. I shudder to think how old they actually were when they were sold. No reputable breeder sells their dogs to a pet store. They require an application, contract and in many cases, a home visit prior to the sale. They want to know where and to whom their puppies are going. I told my client, “Congratulations, you just spent a lot of money on a puppy mill dog and helped to perpetuate the puppy mill business. This has been reported to the State Department of Agriculture.

Guest

I would like the names of these puppy mills that you have all visited so I can see what's going on for myself. Apparently you have all witnessed these mills personally and are not just spewing media hearsay as actual research.

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