The Connection Between a Cruel Iowa Puppy Mill and New York Pet Stores
The ASPCA recently assisted with the rescue of more than 500 dogs from a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed commercial dog breeding facility in Iowa. Daniel Gingerich was licensed by the USDA in 2019, but the agency didn’t inspect his facility until 2021. When the USDA finally inspected the facility, they found many animals suffering, dogs hidden from inspectors, ongoing disease outbreaks like parvovirus and distemper, heat distress, lack of water and food, dead and dying dogs–over 190 violations in total. Dogs were sick and dying under the USDA’s watch.
The USDA has longstanding customer-service-oriented policies for commercial breeders, and combined with the agency’s non-enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, a system was created where animals come last. And pet stores are the driver that keeps the system going.
In fact, based on documents filed with New York State [PDF], more than one-third of New York’s puppy-selling pet stores imported puppies from this specific breeder.
New York State has one of the country’s highest number of puppy-selling pet stores, which often source puppies from out-of-state, low-welfare, commercial breeding facilities (also known as puppy mills)—including Gingerich’s. Our report, Where New York Pet Stores Get Puppies [PDF], describes in detail where New York pet stores really get their puppies, and it provides evidence that the puppy mill business is deceptive and perpetuates cruelty.
The time is now to stop the cruel puppy mill pipeline into New York.
New Yorkers–urge your state legislators support the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill to end the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores.
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