In a follow up to the story on Britney Spears’ new
victim puppy, the HSUS has come out with a statement saying the pet store to the stars “Bel Air Pets” gets its puppies from puppy mills (contrary to the store’s claims it gets its puppies from ‘caring breeders’). POB, by the way, is apparently where Denise Richards got her Frenchies from. Good choice there, Denise. No wonder you had to get Cesar Milan in to deal with aggression problems.
A trendy Bel Air pet store that boasts Paris Hilton and Britney Spears among its clientele allegedly gets its canines from puppy mills in the Midwest, according to a TMZ report on Tuesday.
The store, which also includes Denise Richards, Demi Moore and Robin Williams among its customers, charges thousands of dollars for their dogs. The Humane Society alleges that they buy dogs from puppy mills in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri.
According to the Humane Society, undercover footage shot at one such puppy mill shows cages of dogs locked up and going “cage crazy.” Puppy mills sell dogs who spend their entire lives in cages and are continually bred for years with little hope of adoption.
Pets of Bel Air allegedly told Humane Society investigators that they do not buy from puppy mills, and did not respond to the story for comment, TMZ reports.
And from TMZ :
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today revealed undercover footage linking a popular pet store-to-the-stars with a puppy mill that supplies them. Oh the humane-ity!
The HSUS alleges that Pets of Bel Air — a trendy pet shop that boasts Paris Hilton, Denise Richards, Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Robin Williams among its clientele, who spend as much as $2,400 for a Maltese — gets their puppies from puppy mills. In fact, TMZ also spotted Britney shopping there just this past weekend.
Pets of Bel Air told HSUS investigators they don’t get their puppies from puppy mills, but the HSUS says that simply not the dogs’-honest truth. They allege the shop buys from mills in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri. Undercover footage shot by the HSUS at one such puppy mill shows cage after cage of little dogs locked up and going “cage crazy.” Not a pretty sight.
Puppy mills sell dogs who live their entire lives in cages and are continually bred for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever becoming part of a family.
UPDATE: The L.A. Department of Animal Regulations has just shut down Pets of Bel Air because we’re told three of the store’s permits have expired. Lt. Troy Boswell tells TMZ the store’s permit to sell live animals has been expired for three and a half years (yikes!). We’re also told the Department has checked out all the animals currently in the store and they all seem to be in good health. A worker at the pet store insists they’ve done nothing wrong.
The pet store has 48 hours to renew their permits.
You know what the sad part is?
This story won’t stop idiots like Britney, Paris and Denise from buying their next pet at a pet store, and it won’t stop the wealthy non-famous idiots who flock to stores like “PJ’s Pets”. It won’t stop them because they just do not care where their puppies came from, or what sort of life the parents of their puppies are leading back in Missouri. They care that they can get a dog, today, with no wait, no hassle, and no fussy breeder asking them lots of pesky questions.
You can educate these morons until the cows come home, and they’ll still spout the party line about how ‘their puppy didn’t come from a place like that’ – a fact they know because those nice people at the pet store swore it was true. No, their puppy was raised on a sort of free range puppy farm, where happy dogs romp free in fields of wildflowers, each one just hoping to get adopted by Paris Hilton.
Six days, or weeks, or months later, when their puppy gets sick, or develops temperamental problems, or doesn’t look like those pretty pretty puppies they’ve seen pictures of, these wealthy dumb dumbs will either dump their puppy in exchange for a new, cuter model (Hello, Paris), or they’ll run around whining about how ‘dog breeders are to blame’ for their poor puppy being so sick.
By the way, the video footage is after the cut, and there is French Bulldog footage. Sigh…