Peaceful Pet Store Protests is a nation wide organization who's set their sites on closing down these pet stores that sell puppies raised inhumanely in puppy mills. Some of the signs and slogans produced by the group include "Mall puppies are mill puppies" and "Take a bite out of puppy mills. Don't shop here."
The main focus of today's event was to bring knowledge to the public that the target pet store "Puppies-N-Love" located in the Scottsdale Fashion Square at Camelback and Marshall Way, which is one of several stores in a chain here in the valley, buys its puppies from a company known as The Hunte Corporation. The Hunte Corporation is said to be one of the largest providers of puppies nation wide. Hunte is the largest USDA Class B dealer of "random source" animals in the U.S. and was subject to a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society as well as several other humane groups nation wide.
Peaceful Pet Store Protests is a self supported nonprofit organization that has been active in protesting "puppy mills" since their birth on May 4th 2008. Puppies-N-Love is the fourth target of this organization since their start in '08. They were successful in closing down 2 of the last 3 of their previous targets, the third owner opted to sell after 2 months of Saturday protests.
According to Peaceful Pet Store Protests spokesperson Jan McClellan, the Frank Mineo chain of pet stores uses several different breeders who have been sighted for multiple violations against the Federal Animal Welfare Act. According to Jan McClellan, "puppies are trucked in from the Midwest by the Hunte Corp. the "middle man" between commercial breeders, aka "puppy mills", and pet stores such as Puppies-N-Love." Jan McClellan went on to say that "the goal was not to shut down the pet stores but rather to have them end their connection with puppy mills".
The manager Chris for the Puppies-N-Love Scottsdale Store insisted that "the company no longer uses several breeders due in large part to the size of their operation." She went on to say that they "meticulously check the background of ALL breeders we purchase from, and that our breeders are required to have at least 2 random vet checks a year, they have random inspections, and they cannot breed every heat. Our breeders have to keep their facilities clean, have to be in sanitary conditions, and they have to live in a climate controlled environment with water and food all day long. Puppies have to be kept with their mothers in a separate location from the rest of the dogs. We pull inspection reports for ALL of our breeders at this store." According to Chris she says that "The owner Frank Mineo does all the research on a breeder before deciding to buy from them, and when he does make a purchase, he'll buy the whole litter, rather then buying several random puppies at a time."
Puppies-N-Love has stated that they do not believe that they violate any laws and plan to continue buying animals as they have in the past.