As a company who loves and lives for our pets and the pets of our customers, we at Muttropolis strive to stay up-to-date on current animal-related issues. Our goal is to provide a voice for our furry friends in need who cannot speak up for themselves and broaden awareness amongst the vast animal-loving community.
We support many positive animal-related efforts, causes and movements, which in turn means that there are also a few less than positive animal-related issues we work to combat. A current and very close to home example of this is the proposed ban against the sale of puppies, dogs, kittens, cats and rabbits in retail environments in San Diego. We strongly support this ban and believe that eliminating the sale of these animals in retail locations will help to prevent the sourcing of pets from mills, along with other forms of irresponsible breeding.
We love and appreciate all animals, no matter where they originated, and so we do not treat pets that were previously purchased in a pet store differently, or look down on their owners for that matter. We realize the majority of the population is simply unaware of the inhumane practices that correspond with these retail establishments; which is why at Muttropolis, we are committed to educating the public on such matters.
We urge people to adopt, or to search out a breed rescue or a reputable breeder to find the perfect furry fit for their family. As you read on, we believe you will feel as strongly as we do in support of this ban. Note, the information below is only a small snapshot of the inhumane environments and practices of puppy mills.
- A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little overhead cost. The health and welfare of the animals is not a priority.
- Puppy mills will breed a female dog every time she is in heat. For instance, a 5 year old dog could have given birth to 10 litters of puppies.
- In puppy mills, animals can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or exercise.
- Often times, the water and food provided for the puppies is contaminated, crawling with bugs. Puppies can even be malnourished.
- Puppies in mills are found with bleeding or swollen paws, feet falling through the wire cages, severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration, and lesions on their eyes which often lead to blindness.
- Most puppy mills have no veterinary care, climate control, or protection for the animals from weather (hot, cold, rain, or snow).
- With limited or no regulations or enforcement, puppy mills have no cleanup control. This means that dogs can be living in urine and feces for indefinite periods of time.
*Sources: DoSomething.org, The Human Society of the United States, and PetsAdvisor.
How does this relate back to the sale of pets in retail establishments? Often, these store animals come from puppy mills and customers are given false information about the dog’s lineage, health, breed and breeder, which is why it is so important to be educated and not fall victim. Every year, retail pet stores across America sell around 500,000 dogs, while 5 to 7 million dogs enter shelters. Alarming statistics such as these act as a wake up call, clearly demonstrating the need to support adoptions and animal rescues. By doing so, we will help to put mills out of business.
If you would like to share your voice in support of this ban, please click here and follow the instructions outlined by the San Diego Humane Society on how to reach your city Council Member and make a difference. The more emails in support that the Council Members receive will make a difference for the animals that cannot speak for themselves.adoptions opportunities offered at all three of our Southern California store locations. We do our best to provide great opportunities to help you find your perfect match!