Primary Supplier = 2010, 2011 or 2012
Interstate health certificates are required for animals coming into the state and are public records. A sample of The Family Puppy's certificates can be found here -view Shipping Records
USDA-licensed breeders are inspected annually. Inspection reports for the last three years can be found on the USDA website. Current USDA Inspection Reports
The Family Puppy's primary breeder's prior inspection reports can be found on the PSP Reports or here -(zip file) Prior Inspection Reports
How do we know they are puppy mills?
With large inventories, up to 14 different breeds and producing wholesale for profit are the first indictors and a closer look at inspection reports validate all assumptions. Most all of the USDA-licensed breeders/brokers that have supplied The Family Puppy since 2009 have citations listed on their USDA inspection reports, ranging from sanitation problems to inadequate veterinary care. Some have repeated violations and are being investigated by the USDA.
While purchasing from puppy mills is not illegal, it is highly unethical as we value our companion animals and find it hard to see the difference between a family member and “breeding stock”. The pet store may not be breaking laws but they are working with breeders that are. Some citations listed on their inspection reports are violations to the Animal Welfare Act.
Investigations reveal that the breeding dogs live with excessive feces, are circling with minimal space, and live on painful wire floors. Dried feces indicate the kennels are not cleaned on a daily basis. Some animals live in confinement behind noise barrier fencing with no view, shade or grass to walk on.
Bad Inspection Reports
Many of The Family Puppy USDA-licensed dog kennels have violations to the Animal Welfare Act noted on their annual USDA inspection reports. Some kennels are not even inspected annually. The store will have you believe they are inspected twice a year. An inspector may only return if major non-compliances are found.
For a detailed summary of non-compliances, go to the "Breeder Inspection Details" webpage.
Above Photo: Happy Tails Kennel and former supplier to The Family Puppy. Photo Credit: Companion Animal Protection Society
Above Photo: Dewayne Miller, May 2010