Michigan Pet Store Study
February 4, 2010
The study reveals which stores are importing puppies from other states, the estimated number of puppies and just how many sick dogs may be purchased at pet stores.
Summary of findings:
- There are approximately 50 puppy-selling pet stores in
- Over half of the stores are located in the southeast
Michigan. Wayne County has the most puppy-selling stores (10) followed by Macomb County (8).
- From 2009 to 2010, 17 pet stores imported approximately 5,000 puppies from other states according to interstate health certificates. On average 213 puppies are legally imported per month to pet stores.
- The Family Puppy/Family of Pets store is the largest chain, with five stores in the southeast
Michiganarea importing on average 118 puppies per month. V.I.P Pets is the second largest chain with four stores in west Michigan.
- A puppy may travel 1,200 miles before reaching a Detroit area pet store. Transportation from distant states causes stress in dogs and increases the risk of disease transmission.
- Many stores are operating without a prior pet store license.
A variety of puppy peddling operations have increased with the lack of regulation. As families are losing their jobs they may be turning to the pet trade as an easy way to make extra money without experience or knowledge of canines, disease control or breeding standards.
These other forms of puppy-peddling were discovered.
Puppy Garage Sales
Pitbull-selling Pet Stores
Rescues operating as pet stores
Trade Center booths