Pet Station (Charged with Cruelty)

Under the Community Microscope

Pet Station is one of those stores that isn’t even trying to fool the customer with a good reputation. They carelessly keep sick animals in the dark, small, “display room” with other puppies. After years of repeated complaints, this store continues to sell sick puppies to the community. 

As of March 2011, Pet Stations racked up 29 bad online reviews. With a whooping 10 parvo puppies and 6 dead dogs discovered, buyers should be very cautious purchasing any animals from this store. Their lack of disease-control has caused many heart breaks. 

In addition, Pet Station has a history of working with large out-of-state breeders and brokers located in Kansas, Nebraska and Ohio. The House of Pets (Abe Miller) brokers puppies regularly Pet Station. This broker was exposed in 2009 for many violations to the Animal Welfare Act. Abe Miller was the primary supplier to Petland Westland (until or boycott closed the store) and was also supplying The Family Puppy in 2009.  He currently supplies Petland Novi. These are high volume stores and this is no mom-and-pop operation.   

 Puppies are not merchandise!

Did you purchase a sick puppy from this store?

Many families unknowingly purchase puppies at pet stores as gifts, to rescue the puppy or mostly on impulse. They quickly discover health problems due to transport, age, neglect, inbreeding and over-breeding in puppy mills. They may face significant veterinary bills or even the death of their puppy without understanding why. If you have been victimized by the puppy pet trade, be sure to file a complaint and obtain a free puppy report.

Heights Animal Control 313-277-7389

Beware of this store!

Pet Station
5317 South Telegraph
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
313-292-6343
Wayne County

Owner: Ramzi Dakhlallah

Out-of-State Breeders & Brokers

Abe N. Miller LLC (Breeder/Broker) House of Pets, 29956 CR 10 Fresno, OH
Sharon Zimmerman, 3464 Co. Rd U, Grinnell, KS      
Jeff Fortin (Broker), 4-10 Best Pets, 725 B B Lane,  Oberlin, KS 
Lambriar Inc. (Broker), 113 N. Pine Street, Mahaska, KS       
Harley & Susan A Hanson, Chalk Rock Kennels, R.R. 1, Box 149, Scotia, NE  

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Bad Inspection Reports

All of the USDA licensed dog kennels have violations to the Animal Welfare Act noted on their annual USDA inspection reports. The most recent inspection reports (3 years) can be found online. Prior inspection reports can be found on PetShopPuppies.org.

Interstate Health Certificates show that Abe Miller LLC was the primary supplier of puppies in 2009 and 2010.  

Abe Miller LLC
F
resno, OH

House of Pets

22-Feb-2010 Procurement: This broker using certificates of exemption when acquiring puppies from unlicensed breeders. These exemptions document the breeder name and address but have no animal information or date on them.

Oct-28-2008 Housing: Three puppies under 16 weeks of age were found in a shelter trailer facility that had no heat. The temperature during the inspection was 44 (deg)F. These dogs must be moved to a warmer facility...

Oct-28-2008 Cleaning: “The outdoor washdowns fro the main kennel require cleaning. These washdowns have staining and excessive feces in them that is contributing to the odor in and around the kennel. It is also a potential disease hazard to the dogs.

June-11-2008 Vet Care: “The attending veterinarian has not been to this facility for a walkthrough inspections since February 2007. The licensee is using Bird Biotic mixed in the drinking water for the brokered puppies. Two adult Bichon dogs have bite wounds that need to be evaluated by the attending veterinarian. Five adult dogs were found with excessively long toenails during this inspection.

June-11-2008 Housing:  Several doggy doors were dirty during this inspection. The washdowns for the main kennel barn were also dirty. The licensee's wife stated that she washed down yesterday but there is grime on the washdowns that needs additional cleaning. Correct this by cleaning all surfaces in contact with the dogs daily. The feed storage area needs to be cleaned and excess items discarded. There are several ripped bags the are open and need to be stored in a manner that protects them. The area has accumulated trash and debris that needs to be removed so this area can be properly monitored for pests and rodents. Correct this by cleaning and maintaining this area.

June-11-2008 Compatible Grouping:  Two adult Bichon dogs were fighting the morning of this inspection. The licensee's son stated that the dogs were fighting in the morning. These dogs must be separated to ensure the safety of both dogs. The wounds on these dogs are both old and new so these dogs have been fighting for more than one day. These and all dogs must be maintained in compatible groups to ensure all animals are safe in their enclosures.

June-11-2008 Feeding: Several feed bowls for the brokered puppies are made of plastic and have been chewed to the point that they are no longer able to be sanitized. These bowls must be replaced to correct this. This will ensure that these bowls can be propery sanitized.

Apr-19-2007 Shelter: The licensee is in the process of painting rusted metal clips that hold the enclosures together. There are hundreds of these througout the facility. Many of these clips are unpainted and rusted. This makes these surfaces impossible to properly sanitize. The licensee understands he must paint these or replace them to correct this.

Apr-19-2007 Cleaning: Underneath both trailers are accumulations of junk and old building materials. This area needs to be cleaned and these items removed. Also, additional gravel should be spread throughout the area to allow for easier movement in this area during husbandry practices and to allow for easier monitoring of rodents and pests. Correct this by cleaning this area and maintaining it in a neat condition.  There were several rodent holes found outdoors around the facility. The licensee stated he has had difficulty with rats. Rat poison and traps were produced as tools for control. The licensee was advised to speak with his attending veterinarian to discuss other safe options to pest control and to devise a plan of action to reduce the rodent population. This is required to ensure the health and well-being of the animals and to reduce disease hazards.

Care Nov-20-2006 Veterinary: Two white Bichons in whelping barn have excessive body and ear hair mats. These two dogs needs a bath and clipping of excessive body hair mats to prevent eye, ear and skin problems and provide adequate veterinary care and promote well being. Failure to observe and address excessive hair mats will lead to prolonged animal suffering, diseases and distress.

Nov-20-2006 Time & Method of Identification: There are approximately 13 dogs( 9 in Raber kennel) that do not have identification or USDA tags on them as required. The lack of proper identification (tags) at this facility hinders inspections and makes animal traking difficult. Proper identification with USDA tags is essential for rapidly tracing animals in the event of a disease outbreak.

Nov-20-2006 Housing:  There are numerous doggie doors in the Semi trailor facility ( inside doors) and Raber Kennel ( indoor side) that have brownish fecal and urine stains. One enclosure door was scraped with a pen to show licensee wife how much  accumulation was present on the door. Hard surfaces must be cleaned with appropriate detergents and disenfectants as per Sec 3.11(b). All surfaces must be cleaned and organic matter must be removed to promote a clean environment for all dogs and pups. Failure to properly clean surfaces may lead to disease problems and illness in dogs and a poor environment for dogs.

Nov-20-2006 Shelter: The front entrance of the whelping barn has a missing light . The area is dark and a black pregnant female on the top kennel whelping box cannot be observed for health status due to lack of lighting. The front door had to be opened to observe the papers and animals in this front area. Diffuse lighting is needed to properly observe dogs, inspect and clean.

Lighting is needed in this area to provide for inspections, cleaning and diurnal lighting for the health well being of dogs.

Nov-20-2006 Primary Enclosures: there are several cages in the new Raber Kennel and the whelping barn that have sagging floors. The dogs are jumping up and down and the weight of the dogs is causing the wire floor to sag. The primary enclosures need additional supports to prevent the wire floor from sagging while animals are present. Sagging floors may cause leg and foot injury and lameness in dogs.

Nov-20-2006 Cleaning: These semi trailor enclosure trays must be cleaned daily to provide the dogs with a clean environment, prevent disease hazards and rancid odors. Rancid odors are present in the lower semi trailor outdoor dog trays. Trays are filled with excessive dog feces and urine piled up in the tray from several days accumulation. More frequent cleaning is needed to prevent excess build- up of feces and urine and rancid odors.

Kennel Inventories Scream Puppy Mill!

Larger kennels usually lack enough staff and training. To provide 10 minutes of minimum care to each dog daily for kennel that houses 50-100 dogs, a kennel would need one full time (8 hrs per day) staff member.  

The broker with almost 1,500 dogs would need approximately 30 employees.  

House of Pets (Abe Miller) Shipments
June 2010 = 45
July 2010 = 11
August 2010 = 8
November = 44
December 2010 = 9
19 per month

Lambriar Shipments
June 2009 = 51

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