Pet Paradise Complaint - Sick Puppies / Puppy Mills
ENGLISHTOWN, NEW JERSEY -- Approximately five years ago we were interested in getting a puppy for our children. Being animal lovers, our first effort was to visit the Old Bridge animal shelter but unfortunately there was only three dogs and were not a fit for our home. We then went to Pet Paradise on Route 9 to simply 'look' and get an idea as to which breed we may be interested in. Needless to say, we fell head over heels for a Miniature Pinscher. Given that we were unfamiliar with this breed and lacking knowledge of how to tell a healthy puppy from a sick one, we did not realize that this puppy was terribly sick.
After many visits to the vet, staying up many nights to address his various needs and most important keeping him warm all the time (including nights when we decided it was best for him to sleep in our bed under the covers instead of a cold cage) we finally brought him back to health. While re-visiting Pet Paradise several months after our first purchase we found another MinPin who was also sick. We were not looking for another dog but after hearing the staff’s attitude regarding the puppies that die (they just simply look to get their money back from the breeders) we decided to purchase this puppy as well (expensive rescue!). Again, after much attention, love and visits to the vet we were able to save this puppy as well (and she is an absolute delight). The third and last puppy we ‘rescued’ from Pet Paradise was a MinPin who weighed barely over 1 pound. This was the most difficult of the three, but we put much effort into this and he grew up to be a healthy dog. Our vet, to this day, will remind me that she never thought these dogs could be saved.
As an animal lover I find it unacceptable that retail stores like Pet Paradise can have such lackadaisical attitudes towards their ‘inventory’. A quick search on the internet reveals many resources to adopt pets from non-profit organizations that truly care about the animals and finding the right homes.
If you are considering getting any animal (dog, cat, hamster etc.) PLEASE, PLEASE research these non-kill shelters for the perfect addition to your family. You are guaranteed a healthy pet that has been assessed for not only medical concerns, but also any potential temperament problems. They truly have an interest in making sure that your new pet will be a fit with your family and environment. Also, please consider adopting mature (non-puppy, non-kitten etc.) animals as many of them are already house broken (yeah!!) and their personalities are already developed leaving fewer surprises for you. The fewer animals that we purchase from retail stores will impact the mills that supply these animals (many of them are run with one goal – profit). Many of these mills have deplorable conditions which results in sick puppies, kittens etc. I just reviewed one mill in PA, which crates the animals outside with no protection from the weather! You can also impact the amount of animals that are euthanized every year in ‘kill shelters’ when you adopt an animal. Last, but not least, please make sure that you neuter your animals to ensure less ‘little paws’ running around.
As a result of this experience, we refuse to enter Pet Paradise or any other retail store that sells animals. We patronize stores for purchases such as food, grooming necessities etc. that specialize in this as their core competency and do not sell these poor animals that were brought into this world via a mill.
We can all make a positive impact on this terribly sad aspect of animal cruelty, if we try!