UPDATE: The Chelsea Kennel Club—a New York City pet store that was the focus of The Humane Society of the United States’ undercover investigation released in July 2017—appears to have closed permanently. The hidden camera investigation revealed employees of the pet store mistreating puppies and failing to provide sick puppies with adequate care. Please watch the video and take the pledge to continue the fight against puppy mills.
The majority of pet stores that sell puppies are getting those dogs from puppy mills, which are dog-making factories where mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are discarded or killed. Due to poor sanitation and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills are often sick.
Sadly, consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores or online without seeing a breeder's home firsthand are often unknowingly supporting this cruel industry.
Help stop this cycle of cruelty by pledging to adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue, or purchase only from a responsible breeder who will show you where your puppy was born and raised. Then, do even more by purchasing pet supplies from stores and websites that don’t sell puppies. Where you spend your dollars makes a difference! Take the pledge below.
If you have purchased a sick puppy from any pet store, including the New York City pet store featured in the investigation video, please contact us.