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New Investigation Shows MD Pet Stores May Sell Puppy Mill Dogs

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MARYLAND - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates there are at least 10,000 puppy mills across the country. While it is a national problem, it may be just as much of a local problem as well.

In Maryland, there are currently 12 pet stores that sell puppies, and at least nine of them may be hiding something.

"When 75 percent of the pet stores in Maryland that sell puppies are found to be not complying with the law, that's a problem," says Melanie Kahn, senior director of the Puppy Mills Campaign for The HSUS.

After a two week investigation by the Humane Society of the United States and ReLove Animals Inc in September, investigators found that most of these pet stores were violating a state law, which passed October 1st, 2012. It requires the stores to post certain information about their puppies' origins on each cage, to help people avoid buying dogs from puppy mills. HSUS assisted in drafting the law, which reportedly passed by overwhelming bipartisan votes.

"When we pass laws we are going to make sure that we follow up to make sure that those laws are properly enforced," says Kahn. "Consumers should have the right to know where their puppies are coming from."

Kahn says that HSUS investigates pet stores across the country, and when they often ask about the origin of where the puppies are coming from, the stores claim they buy from small local breeders.

"This makes it harder for them to outright lie to customers."

Dr. Susan Hudson, doctor of veterinary medicine and owner of Salisbury Animal Hospital, says she does see a number of sick puppies that may be the result of a puppy mill.

"They are a concern everywhere. When you buy from a pet store that's often the risk you are taking."

Dr. Hudson says that dogs from puppy mills can often have a wide range of issues.

"Congenital health problems, inappropriate vaccination schedules that can lead to some disease issues, and they do not provide training or consultations to the owners about behavior issues or health issues."

In some extreme cases, inappropriate vaccination schedules can do more than just affect the dog.

"Some of these internal parasites, like some of the intestinal worms, are contagious to humans," says Dr. Hudson. "One of the big causes of blindness in children in from worms."

One local store, Salisbury Super Pet, is allegedly violating the law. However, to avoid purchasing a dog from a puppy mill, experts say they are many preventative measures you can take.

"Buy only from a responsible breeder, that means someone you have met in person and can see where the puppies are born and raised," says Kahn. "This way you can ensure that you are buying from someone that is a good breeder and a not a puppy mill operator."

"Go to local shelters, go to local breeders, contact the kennel clubs," says Dr. Hudson. "Have the puppy  checked by the veterinarian as soon as you get them, and get them on a good, appropriate, vaccine schedule."

For more on how to get a puppy from a responsible breeder, breed rescue, or shelter, visit the HSUS website.

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