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Humane Society to Celebs: It Ain't Puppy Love

12/11/2007 4:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: The L.A. Department of Animal Regulations has just shut down Pets of Bel Air because we're told three of the store's permits have expired. Lt. Troy Boswell tells TMZ the store's permit to sell live animals has been expired for three and a half years (yikes!). We're also told the Department has checked out all the animals currently in the store and they all seem to be in good health. A worker at the pet store insists they've done nothing wrong.

The pet store has 48 hours to renew their permits.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today revealed undercover footage linking a popular pet store-to-the-stars with a puppy mill that supplies them. Oh the humane-ity!
Britney, Paris, Puppies
The HSUS alleges that Pets of Bel Air -- a trendy pet shop that boasts Paris Hilton, Denise Richards, Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Robin Williams among its clientele, who spend as much as $2,400 for a Maltese -- gets their puppies from puppy mills. In fact, TMZ also spotted Britney shopping there just this past weekend.

Pets of Bel Air told HSUS investigators they don't get their puppies from puppy mills, but the HSUS says that simply not the dogs'-honest truth. They allege the shop buys from mills in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri. Undercover footage shot by the HSUS at one such puppy mill shows cage after cage of little dogs locked up and going "cage crazy." Not a pretty sight.

Puppy mills sell dogs who live their entire lives in cages and are continually bred for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever becoming part of a family.

Calls to the Pets of Bel Air shop were not immediately returned.
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CaNaDiAnChIcK    

Do you honestly think that Brit or Paris care about where their puppies come from? NO
These disgusting humans don't consider puppies as pets, they are ACCESSORIES.
Comparable to all of their luxury designer duds coming from sweat shops overseas?! I think so.
People like Brit and Paris shouldn't be allowed to have pets... or kids for that matter!

2447 days ago
17.

anthonysdreamgirl**    

This is so sad. Everytime something like this comes on TV I can't even bear to watch it. How do people that work these places live with themselves????? I wish i could save each and every one of them... :-(

2447 days ago
18.

Gonzo    

Duh, A REAL breeder is not going to sell to a pet shop where they unethically charge you throusands of dollars for a dog.....

2447 days ago
19.

"In the know"    

Check out the video if Britney, and Ali stealing a puppy Maltese, a few days ago, at this famous celebrity pet store
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The video was posted this past sunday at, www.x17online.com

I say the pet store needs to press charges for felony retail theft.

2447 days ago
20.

misspink    

Why buy when shelter animals die???

I adopted my puppy last year and it was the best thing I ever done. After seeing where pups from dog shops come from I never wanted to buy one. The conditons they come from are horrible and they have the nerve to charge from $800-$3000.
My puppy Kenny is a mixed cutie. I tell everyone that asks me where I got him to go to petfinder.com. I got him @ 7 weeks old. I'm so content with myself knowing that I can give him a great life. I treat my dog better then most people treat there kids.
It goes to show you that any moron with the cash can buy a dog. There are no forms to fill out and never get a house check after the purchase,unlike adopting when they came to my house before and after the adoption and always email me asking how he is.

And like Renee said if people stop buying the demand for these pups would go down and these mills can shut down.

2447 days ago
21.

Carie    

I will never understand why people buy puppies - especially at ridiculous prices like that - from pet stores when there are hundreds of thousands of homeless dogs in shelters. Are you that selfish that you want a specific breed of dog and are willing to pay gobs of money for it? A dogs' love is unconditional!! Don't shop, ADOPT!!!

2447 days ago
22.

alc    

not only do these dogs live horrible lives in puppy mills, but have you ever seen them at the store???they just lay there, caged up all day and night...no living thing should ever have to live like that...everytime i go to the mall i want to save the puppies but i know if i buy one it'll just be replaced by another....this has to be stopped at the source. all of these celebrities should know better, they are in the public eye and should set the example. they have the opportunity to use their celebrity to make a change, and it'd be nice to see that happen more often.

2447 days ago
23.

Whatever    

Well then have the HSUS shut down the so called puppy mills. That will put a stop to it. I donated for years to HSUS and all I ever see them do is put animals to sleep and reap the contributions. I am an animal lover, but seriously they need to shut the mills down and be done with it, instead of expecting people to donate to their big fat paychecks.

2447 days ago
24.

AlwaysHungry    

I don't blame them for buying pets from a store that they did not know the history of. I do wish though that so many would stop being pet "collectors" when it is obvious that they can not or not willing to provide the animal with companionship, training, proper care, etc.

2447 days ago
25.

bethany    

Here We Go, the HSUS can't shut down the puppy mills.

The LAWS need to change, both state and federal.

They will when the public contacts their legislators and demands that happen.

(And the HSUS doesn't put animals down. What are you smoking? That's the kind of stuff that PUPPY MILLERS come up with to slam humane groups that expose the truth)

2447 days ago
26.

clandesta    

What I don't understand is why people would buy a pet from anywhere but the pound (or SPCA). In the first place, if you want a pure bred dog, seek out a pure breed rescue org (like German Shepherd rescue or Border Collie rescue organizations). Secondly, who really needs a pure bred dog anyway? Mutts are healthier, less expensive, and just as loving as any pure bred dog. Save a life; adopt a mutt.

2447 days ago
27.

helen    

i am from the mid west and.....SHOCKER............i can read!!!!
hillbillylegislation doesn't actually exist in the show me state but
when the mills are busted the dogs are STILL CAGED, STILL FOR SALE
they are carted around from petsmart to petsmart every weekend where they are sold to pretty much anyone in parking lots. cheaper yes much, cared for, again yes. but they are still in cages and still put out there for sale like merchadise. the people that actually run the puppy mills should be punished not the animals.

2447 days ago
28.

carol    

People should NEVER BUY A DOG OR A PUPPY FROM A PET STORE! Those people are only contributing to this problem. And buying from a breeder doesn't help either. Besides, what kind of idiot spends thousands of dollars on a "designer dog" when any dog you like is on Petfinder.com looking for a home?
Adopt! Let's remember what the holiday season is all about! Do the kind, right thing. Give a dog a second chance from a shelter and create your own little miracle!!

2447 days ago
29.

Mike    

I found my yellow lab about 6 years ago, she must have been 2-3? Best dog ever, why do people have the need to have a puppy? There are great unwanted dogs out there, the best part about an older dog is you already know there temperment, I had a Golden puppy and it turned out to be too high strung for me...

2447 days ago
30.

HARDY-HAR-HAR    

NO one should ever, ever, ever, ever, ever buy a dog from a PET STORE! They ALL come from Puppy Mills. They are bought through a broker, who buys them from the nasty, dirty, hillbilly Puppy Mill owners. Pet stores like to say they get them from "private breeders." Ask them... that is what they will say every time. The mills are privately owned, so it's the truth! The Amish have a lot of Puppy Mills also - just a little fun on the farm Amish fact most people don't know. (go ahead, Google amish puppy mill and see for yourself). And they keep them outside, even in the cold and hot months, in the snow and rain, cages stacked one on top of the other, and when the dogs go to the bathroom, it unfortunately falls on the poor dog in the cage below.

Why doesn't PETA do anything about these? Make your pitiful usless selves useful for a change.

2447 days ago
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