If you have ever wondered where those cute puppies seen in Petland stores come from, here’s one strong possibility. On Saturday, 24 puppies were confiscated in South Fort Meyers, Florida from a hot van where they had been stuffed in tiny cages and transported with no food or water. The puppies were of various breeds.
According to NbcNews, the van originated from Missouri and had been en route to the Petland store in South Fort Meyers. An investigation continues into consumer complaints about puppies dying soon after they were purchased.
The puppies were found in filthy conditions and have all been taken to nearby veterinarian hospitals. Authorities also found improper documentation for the dogs, incorrect microchip information and the van was not licensed to cross state lines. Missouri tops the list for problem puppy mills, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Kansas tied for second place with Ohio and Pennsylvania not trailing far behind.
In October 2017, the Center for Disease Control issued a warning about campylobacter – an infectious disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and fever. The illness is spread from puppy to person through dog feces and urine. Research indicated 55 people nationwide had been infected with the bacterial infection and 13 people fell ill in Florida. The virus had been connected to Petland including the store on College Parkway in Fort Meyers. At the time, Petland’s corporate headquarters issued a statement urging store staff and customers to double their practice of washing hands after handling any puppy or its surroundings.
Why not rescue a puppy? Go to your nearest shelter, and if you’re looking for a particular breed, there are breed specific rescue organizations willing and ready to help.
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