Nearly all of over 100 New York pet stores examined by the Humane Society of the United States were found to have bought dogs from puppy mills. NBC New York discovered that many of those stores have purchased from suppliers in the Midwest that had violations from U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency that oversees commercial breeders. NBC New York also went on foot to inquire about the origin of several local stores’ puppies, where owners and salespeople denied dealing with puppy mills that often produce animals with behavioral and health issues.
“There are plenty of wonderful pets that come from puppy stores,” said Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, who pinned the problem on weak government oversight from the USDA, not just the stores. “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood it’s in,” the Humane Society investigator said. “Upscale Manhattan neighborhoods and everywhere else: They are all buying from puppy mills.”