Public records report complaints regarding sick animals bought from a local pet store, Fin, Fur and Feather, in Hanover, MA from 2007 to 2012. Fin, Fur and Feather has been documented as buying its pets from puppy mills in the midwest.
A puppy mill is defined as a large breeding facility in which the bred dogs are kept in inhumane conditions, resulting in severely neglected dogs, all in the name of money. Often pet stores, like Fin, Fur and Feather, use puppy brokers as the middleman to order their puppies for its store. A puppy broker is defined as a dealer who obtains puppies from puppy mills and then re-sells them to pet stores.
In 2007, Judy Hall bought a puppy from Fin, Fur and Feather after feeling bad for the puppy. She was in a cage with another puppy and they were not getting along. The Hall family named the puppy Tina. Tina was ill from the start, exhibiting lethargy and vomiting, off and on for years. With a pile of veterinary paperwork mounting higher and higher, Tina was getting sicker and sicker. She was diagnosed with numerous conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease and an intestinal ulcer. Tina underwent multiple medical procedures, as well as surgery but nothing helped. She was on various medications and the Hall family lived their lives around caring for Tina. Sadly, Tina passed away in 2013.
Tina's papers show Amy Woodley of Dreamland Kennel as the breeder, another known puppy mill. USDA inspection reports show Dreamland Kennel to be in violation on numerous occasions, including citations for a sick puppy, broken cage wires, rodent droppings, gaps in the flooring and enclosures that are too small.
In 2007, Andrea Morrissey bought a puppy from Fin, Fur and Feather because the puppy looked so ill she couldn't just walk away and leave him. The little puppy could barely lift his head and his gums were gray. Morrisey thought she was doing right by saving him. After multiple veterinary visits, Papa, as the puppy became named, pulled through and is doing well today.
In 2009, a complaint against Fin, Fur and Feather was submitted regarding a dachshund puppy with mucousy diarrhea. When it was brought to the attention of an employee, he claimed he would just clean it up later. This prompted a Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources inspection.
In 2010 and 2011, two complaints against Fin, Fur and Feather were filed for puppies being kept in dirty cages and the store being “a mess”.
In 2010, a complaint of a sick rat terrier puppy with pneumonia prompted a Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources inspection and subsequently, a penalty against Fin, Fur and Feather, which carried a $1,000 fine.
In 2011, a complaint was processed for Fin, Fur and Feather about the purchase of a sick kitten with panleukopenia, otherwise known as feline distemper. The kitten stayed at the veterinarian's office for an extended period of time and was later euthanized. After the complaint of panleukopenia, the remaining kittens at the pet store were put into isolation.
In 2012, a complaint was recorded for Fin, Fur and Feather about the death of a newly purchased kitten, but the new owner never brought the kitten to a veterinarian.
It has been proven that Fin, Fur and Feather gets their puppies from puppy mills in the midwest. These puppy mills have numerous violations as stated in USDA inspection reports. Some of the puppies and kittens delivered to Fin, Fur and Feather are sick and are sold sick, but the pet store's veterinarian signs off on the health certificates.
For a more in-depth look at the pet store, read The truth behind Fin, Fur and Feather.
For on-going information, visit the Facebook page Protesting Fin, Fur and Feather.
**Complaints filed against the pet store are public record.
Additional source: Courtney Derochea