Hello WMARA Members,
Please join us for the next Puppy Place protest on Saturday, April 12th, 12:00-2:00, in front of Raymour & Flanigan, at the main entrance to the Riverdale Shops! Help expose the truth about this store (and 99% of all pet stores with dogs) with both signs and literature. Educating people about puppy mills and the many local shelters/rescue groups, not to mention the disgraceful history of The Puppy Place, is crucial to getting rid of this store. So please try to attend!
* Signs and literature will be provided, but if you can make your own it would be wonderful! We need ones with larger letters (>4") now that we're along Route 5 (Riverdale St.). Let me know if you need sign ideas...I have a ton!
(Protest pics - https://picasaweb.google.com/117149181585526631289/PuppyPlaceProtests?authuser=0&feat=directlink)
* Please contact the new West Springfield Mayor at firstname.lastname@example.org) and City Council at http://www.west-springfield.ma.us/Public_Documents/WSpringfieldMA_BComm/council, urging them to propose a ban on the sale of dogs and cats in retail stores in their city. You may also want to mention how Chicago just passed a ban on the sale of dogs, cats, & rabbits in their pet stores - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/chicago-bans-puppy-mill-sales_n_4904970.html, and how 45 other cities have done so too. :))) Please share with others...especially West Springfield residents!
Some great sites with more puppy mill industry info.:
WHERE: 935 Riverdale St., West Springfield, MA 413-781-7879. At the entrance to The Riverdale Shops, in front of Raymour & Flanigan - http://www.raymourflanigan.com/StoreLocator.aspx. Please park in their lot, right across from Carrabba's.
Directions - http://www.thepuppyplacema.com/location-directions-contact-us.html
WHY: We must spread the word about the cruelty behind the cuteness! Come educate people about the horrible cruelty and neglect of puppy mill and pet stores dogs, as well as the deplorable conditions of puppy mills (and some pet stores behind the scenes). The more aware they are of the atrocities behind pet stores & puppy mills (and subsequent health/behavioral problems), the less likely they will buy from pet stores. Please help open people's eyes to the pet overpopulation crisis, urging them to adopt, not shop!
The Puppy Place is also a perfect example of pet store cruelty, having violated the AWA so many times it was forced to close down in 2007, yet allowed to reopen 6 months later. The chain was also issued a cease & desist order in CT after countless violations (and stricter regulations) in that state. Exposing these shocking facts to potential customers is crucial.
More information from this article - http://petoftheday.com/talk/archive/index.php/t-142606.html:
"Disease control issues are some of several reasons the state of Massachusetts has taken action against The Dog House II and another store recently opened in the state by the same owners -- The PuppyPlace in West Springfield.
On March 20, the Department of Agricultural Resources issued a cease and desist order against the owners Richard and Chris Carty of Connecticut, prohibiting them from operating a pet shop of any kind in the Commonwealth.
The agency said it is the first time it has done this in its 155-year history.
The Cartys appealed, but the state said that The Dog House II still cannot sell puppies.
The Puppy Place has been allowed to open under a number of conditions, and the state said the store is 'on a short leash.'"
And to make matters worse, countless stories of The Puppy Place lying to customers about the puppies' medical conditions and their origin have been posted online (and told to us)! They've been selling very ill dogs, many with no shots, from puppy mills, and not telling customers. We've heard horror stories about the shop from people just walking, one of which was nearly in tears having to return a puppy with his son, as he could not afford the enormous vet. bills necessary to save the puppy's life. He too was told the puppy was in "good health."
We also found their claim that their dogs do not come from puppy mills" to be false. A WMARA member was given a breeder's name (Wanda Kretzman) by the manager, who claimed that she was a "reputable licensed breeder, not a puppy mill breeder. We then found online that she is one of the most notorious puppy mill breeders in the country and has been continuously cited for AWA violations. Please see http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/fact_sheet_puppy_brokers_dealers.pdf.
See customers' comments, some in great anguish, at:
By the way, if you haven't already seen, we were in a local paper, The Reminder, a few months ago -
http://www.thereminder.com/localnews/westspringfield/animalrightsadvoca/. Hopefully that was just the beginning.
For the Animals,