BBB confirms Missouri is tops in puppy mills
Missouri is the puppy mill capital of America — even the St. Louis Better Business Bureau says so.
A study by the BBB says the state — home to 30 percent of the nation’s large scale, federally licensed puppy sellers — has no hope of keeping the industry in check.
The state has four times more puppy mills than the next highest state, according to Chris Thetford, of the St. Louis BBB.
“Consumers end up with diseased animals from the outset, which ultimately end up costing them large amounts of money in veterinarian bills, and that was what motivated our study,” Thetford told KMOX News.
According to the BBB study, Missouri law mandates yearly on-site checkups of the state’s 1,800 licensed dog breeders, but there are only about a dozen inspectors, who also have other duties.
“Ultimately the issue is that there are so many puppy breeders in the state of Missouri, and a lack of ability of the state government to keep up with those, which leads to an ineffective enforcement of the laws.”
The bureau recommended raising annual licensing fees, which have stayed the same for nearly two decades, and better educating consumers to adopt pets from a shelter.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 20th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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