|Barked: Sat May 11, '13 7:42am PST |
I live and work in a prime PA Amish area, about an hour west of Lancaster. In the vet clinic where I work, we see puppy mill puppies all the time. We have only one vet, the practice owner, who used to primarily work with cattle and equine, therefore he's had a lot of experiences with Amish farmers. One of the farmers made more money off his Chihuahua breeding than he did his tons and tons of chickens... Anyway, we do a lot of client education about puppy mills and pet store puppies that come from those mills. We do not hesitate to tell our clients where there puppy really came from, and some of those clients really do take it to heart and feel badly about it. Others, you know there's no getting through to them. Even the puppies that are bought from pet stores, you can tell by the names of the "breeders" and/or their addresses that they're Amish puppy millers. Very rarely do those pet stores provide the law-mandated health certificates, vaccine info, deworming info, etc. that the PA law requires.
And the most frustrating thing? The client will drop $700 in cash on a Yorkie Poo and then complain, complain, complain about a $27 distemper vaccine.
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