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Monday, September 28, 2015
Dog breeding in Missouri: Does volume limit quality of care? By CAMILLE PHILLIPS •
About 20 people picketed Petland in Lake St. Louis Sunday, carrying signs that read “Honk for a shelter dog” and “Boycott stores that sell puppies.”
Leanne Fritsch of University City organized the protest for “Puppy Mill Awareness Day.” She said a smaller group meets at Petland every Saturday.
“It’s really about the parents in the mills who spend their entire lives caged and bred and bred just to produce puppies to sell and when they can’t breed any longer they’re destroyed,” said Fritsch. “They’re never loved, they have no socialization.”
“You can’t do what we do and not love your animals. You just can’t do it,” said Grosenbacher, who breeds English bulldogs.
Fritsch said she’s helped close six stores since 2008 by organizing protests.
“There have been customers here at Petland that stop and ask us what’s going on,” Fritsch said. “We encourage them to go to rescues and shelters in the area … I will admit it’s harder to find puppies in rescues and shelters but it is possible. It’s just not going to be an impulse purchase like it is in these stores.”
She said she doesn’t have a problem with PetCo or PetSmart because they stopped selling puppies and host rescue adoptions instead.
Petland protesters spread out all around the store Sunday Sept. 27, 2015 to catch the attention of drivers and shoppers. They called for a boycott of stores that sell puppies.
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“Personally I would prefer that no one breed just because right now there are millions of healthy adoptable animals in our shelters being killed every year. But if someone is set on going to a breeder what we say is make sure you find a reputable breeder,” Fritsch said, adding that a reputable breeder would never sell puppies online or to a store.
According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the state has about 790 licensed commercial breeders; about a thousand fewer than it did in 2009.
Grosenbacher points to the tighter regulations outlined in Proposition B in 2010 as the cause, saying it drove some breeders out of business.
“We estimate that we only have about 25 percent of the adult females in kennels that are producing puppies today,” Grosenbacher said, adding annual inspections with the weight of criminal prosecution if regulations aren’t followed mean their dogs are well looked after.
Penalties for violating state standards are “pretty much a thing of the past,” Grosenbacher said because his organization has a kennel assistance program where breeders help other breeders if someone gets sick or falls into financial trouble.
The owner of Petland could not immediately be reached for comment.