I recently learned about some folks in Kitsap County organizing a demonstration this weekend to get a Silverdale pet store called Farmland Pets to stop selling puppies they say come from a puppy mill called BJ & Guys in Menlo, KS.
Terry Stucker, one of the people organizing the protest, told me the goal of the demonstration is “consumer education/awareness.” He said they plan to give handouts to anyone who is interested so they can access a USDA report from last March saying that BJ & Guys had 755 adult dogs and 426 puppies on their site.
He also said that while some people have had “no problem” with the puppies they bought from Farmland, others bought “unhealthy” puppies that caused both a financial and emotional burden” on them.
He acknowledged that while Farmland was not breaking any laws by selling the puppies, the practice is still “inhumane,” and he noted that the goal of the protest is not to close Farmland, but to “educate the public.”
I fully support this group’s effort to educate people about the problems associated with adopting dogs from puppy mills. Most puppy mills produce and sell as many puppies with little or no regard for the health of the puppies or the dogs they breed. The dogs rarely, if ever, get out of their cages. Some breeding dogs spend their whole lives in them. In my opinion, there is no way anyone properly care for over 1000 dogs and puppies unless they have a virtual army of volunteers helping them every day.
If you aren’t familiar about puppy mills, go to the website for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
The demonstration will be from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM this Saturday at the corner of Byron St & Silverdale Way in Silverdale, WA 98383.
For more information, go to Demonstration Against Pet Stores Selling Puppy Mill Puppies on Facebook. And you can get more information about stores that sell puppy mill puppies in Kitsap County on the Kitsap Against Puppy Mills Facebook page.