Saturday, April 05, 2008

Posh Puppy Store Exposed on KTLA For Selling Puppy Mill Dogs

Last Chance for Animals and The Best Friends Animal Society held a press conference today in front of Posh Puppy, a pet shop in Beverly Hills. The animal welfare activists presented evidence of a sixteen week investigation. The dogs sold at Posh Puppy in Beverly Hills and their Tarzana shop are supplied by California puppy mills, where the dogs are kept in inhumane conditions.

Reports that the $21,000 a month lease is available were confirmed yesterday.
Click here to see the broker listing. Posh Puppy is no longer selling live animals in Beverly Hills and will soon be closing its doors.

"The puppies look posh, but behind the scenes, it's not so posh," said LCA spokesperson Carole Raphaelle Davis, pointing to an enlarged photograph of suffering dogs in a mill in Littlerock, CA which supplies Posh Puppy.

"These dogs are outside in the cold, in anguish and dogs deserve better. The public needs to learn the truth," said the LCA spokesperson. "It is unprincipled to buy a dog when we kill four million dogs a year in our nation's shelter system. The shelters are full of beautiful, pure-bred dogs and until the cages are empty, there is no excuse for breeding, selling or buying dogs. This store and other pet shops that sell live animals in Los Angeles are all puppy mill fronts."

Author Jana Kohl made an appearance with her dog Baby, a puppy mill survivor who had her leg amputated because it was broken in the wire cage in which she was confined for nine years. Her vocal chords were cut out so that she would not bother anyone with her barking. Jana Kohl is releasing a book titled "A Rare Breed of Love" about Baby and her long journey from a puppy mill into a loving home.

Below is a full transcript of the LCA statement to the press:

The "posh" puppies' parents are living in canine supermax prisons—puppy mills, where the dogs are kept in inhumane conditions. The dogs are out in the elements, suffering from cold and neglect. They are sick, in anguish, in pain and driven insane by the never-ending confinement to a wire cage. They are bred and bred until they're dead.

LCA has investigated the puppy mills that supply Posh Puppy and other pet shops in LA and have uncovered the truth. These people have lied to the public. The dogs are from mills. We have the proof.

LCA and Best Friends Animal Society want to say that we never intended to put anyone out of business. They can do very well by selling accessories and we have offered to go away if they go humane. We just want them to stop selling live animals in their stores and on the Internet.

Over 30% of the dogs in the shelter system are pure-bred dogs. There is no need to buy a pure-bred dog in a pet shop. The very same dogs are abandoned at the pound, waiting to get adopted for a small fee. It costs US tax payers 2 billion $ /year to house and euthanize these animals. 4 million dogs are killed per year in our nation's shelter system. The pet stores, the puppy mills, and the BUYERS contribute to the crisis of pet overpopulation. It is unethical to buy a dog when we kill 4 million a year. Until the cages are empty, people who breed, sell or buy dogs are unconscionable—unprincipled.

Another thing we want to add is that the public is getting ripped off at pet shops. The puppy mills LCA investigated in Los Angeles County also supply other stores. The posh puppies selling for up to $4000 in the Beverly Hills location have litter mates, brothers and sisters of the same parents, selling in lower rent stores in Korea Town for as little as $500. It's the same dog, basically, with a widely different price. The customer is getting ripped off.

Lastly, I want to congratulate everybody who worked so hard here for 15 long weeks. The whole country is behind you. This is one little store in one little city but believe me, this signals change. I have one thing to say to millers who are supplying pet shops in Los Angeles. Get a cash crop that doesn’t scream.

And millers: don’t think you can hide behind a USDA license. There is a USDA stamp on dead hamburger meat at Ralphs. Millions of dogs are suffering right now in USDA licensed facilities. It might be legal, but that doesn’t make it right.
And I have one thing to say to other pet shops in LA. If you’re selling puppy mill dogs, we’re coming to your store next.

Recently returning from a puppy mill investigation in the mid west, Jennifer Krause of the Best Friends Animal Society was also on hand to answer questions from the press. "This is proof that no matter how nice a store is, no matter if the puppies are AKC registered, no matter what the stores tell you, THIS (pointing to the photo poster of Yorkie in Little Rock) is where the puppies come from," said Jennifer Krause. "A reputable breeder does NOT sell their dogs at a pet store or online. A reputable breeder will ask you to their property and oftentimes screen an adopter. There are thousands of wonderful, cute, loving, healthy animals overfilling LA city and county shelters, many of them purebred. There is no need to breed more when the shelters are euthanizing hundreds a day right here in Los Angeles. By purchasing a puppy online or at a pet store, you are directly contributing to the problem. By adopting at a shelter or from a rescue group, you are not only saving that particular animal's life, but making room for another animal within the shelter system."


Anonymous walt said...


4:35 PM  
Blogger rita said...

You achieved your goal of exposing that store's practice of buying from puppy mills--I'm so proud of you!

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Richard Laplante said...

Posh Puppy is not so posh now.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought my beloved Maltese from Posh Puppy a little less than three years ago - I saw him in the window and I fell in love. Unfortunately, $5,000 in vet bills later, we found out the he has a congenital liver problem which, of course, is not covered by pet insurance. He also has rotated front legs. We love him more than anything and he will never go without medical care. We were very fortunate to then rescue a Maltese from a wonderful pet rescue company and our two dogs are best friends. However, the rescue dog also has IBS and the vet bills are enormous. I never had Maltese dogs before (I usually adopt dogs) and did not realize the health issues and the puppy mill issues attached to these little guys. My husband and I love these dogs more than anything else and it makes me sick to think that there are more dogs out there like them with health issues that could have been prevented...we need to shut down those puppy mills. What about the poor people who buy (or even adopt) a pet and do not have the means to pay for the expensive care to keep their dogs happy and healthy. Somehow we need to figure out how to make the puppy mills pay for medical treatment for these dogs that they willingly and knowingly breed with congenital illnesses.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, you CAN get back vet bills. You can file in Small Claims court for very little (keep your receipts and bills and vet statements to show the judge or magistrate.)

There are many sites that help you through the small claims court process.

Also that store and that breeder need to be reported.

Report the pet store to your State Attorney General for consumer fraud and selling sick and genetically defective animals.

Report to anyone who will listen! humane societies, advocacy groups, for instance this one may be able to refer you to a group in your state to report the pet store, and the breeders state.

Go to the press with your story! That story is not only trafficking in animal abuse, they are cheating consumers!

12:11 PM  
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11:27 AM  
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6:12 PM  
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7:47 PM  
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8:52 PM  

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