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Novi City Council 3/24/14 (Petland and The Family Puppy)

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Published on Mar 27, 2014

My name is Pam Sordyl, Clarkston. I am the founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan.

We have been tracking shipping records since 2008 for the two puppy stores located here in Novi. Both stores have been linked to our nations' Horrible 100 list of bad breeders last year by the Humane Society of the United States.

The Family Puppy, located in the Fountain Walk, received shipments of puppies from Marlin Bontrager of Rome City, Indiana a large-scale breeder. Shipping almost 250 puppies to The Family Puppy stores in 2011, made him the largest single supplier to the pet store chain. Bontrager made the Horrible Hundred list after multiple violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including repeat veterinary violations.
Petland received shipments from four of the Horrible Hundred puppy mills between 2009 and 2012:
• Darlene and Charlene Koster/Rainbow Ranch Kennel in Minneapolis, Kansas: Received an official warning from the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
• Kimberly Coleman/TLC's Kennel in Clinton, Missouri: Fined $8,250 by the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act
• Ervin Raber/Golden View Kennels of Baltic, Ohio: Cited for "Potentially Devastating" violations of the Animal Welfare Act for the presence of zoonotic disease and sick and injured dogs.
• Daniel Schlabach/Evergreen Designer LLC in Charm, Ohio: Cited for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

The case of a puppy from the last breeder on the above list, Daniel Schlabach from Ohio, demonstrates the hereditary health problems often associated with puppy mill dogs. In 2011, newlyweds Rod and Lindsey Reb-han purchased an Australian shepherd puppy named "Jack" for $1,000 from Petland. About a month after being purchased, Jack had his first seizure. After 25 seizures over the next four months, the Reb-hans made the difficult decision to have him euthanized. Because Jack's epilepsy was so severe, his veterinarian said that the condition was probably hereditary. Petland eventually refunded the sale price of the dog, but did not reimburse the Reb-hans for the veterinary bills.

We have logged MANY sick animal cases where families have suffered heartache and excessive vet bills becoming victims of the pet trade. Please help protect families in your community. We are asking community leaders to NOT promote these type of stores in any way and to instead promote humane pet acquisitions and teach families how to find pets at their local shelters and reputable rescue organizations. Please list these locations on your website. Thank you.

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