Its not enough to sell puppies to pet stores; now puppy millers are selling dogs online as well. Unfortunately for them, those open cyber doors make it easier for disgruntled buyers and authorities to find them afterwards. Here’s the beginning of an article from CNN.com about just such a puppy mill.
Sick puppies dog some online purchasers
Puppy-provider to the stars has some unhappy customers
By Greg Hunter and Pia Malbran
Tucker, a Shih Tzu, was bought online and had several health problems.
PEMBROKE PINES, Florida (CNN) — Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, singer Jon Secada and the Osbournes, known for their hit MTV show, all have one thing in common: They bought dogs from the same place. But a CNN investigation finds the company that sold them their pets has many unhappy customers.
The Wizard of Claws, also know as Celebrity Kennels, is based in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The company is run by husband and wife team Jim and Gilda Anderson.
They’ve been in business about five years and offer what they describe as top-of-the-line teacup- and toy-size dogs on the Internet, for as much as $5,000 each.
They advertise that their company is the nation’s premier supplier of puppies to the stars and claim annual sales of up to $5 million. The company does not breed dogs, but sells them on the Internet and at its Florida location.
Jennifer Pura of California bought a Shih Tzu from the company in January of 2005.
The dog that Pura named Tucker cost $3,500. But Tucker immediately had several health problems. Vet records show Tucker had internal parasites, inflammatory bowel disease and daily seizures.
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Thanks to Jeannete W. for bringing this article to my attention!