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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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61.

Chicago lady    

Getting a dog from a shelter is almost the same as buying from a puppymill. Where do you think the sickly breeder dogs go when they have outgrown their use? Or the puppies that couldn't be sold? People are under the assumption that shelters are so great but in reality they enable puppy mills to continue. These mill owners know they always have a place to dump their disgards. Also, most shelter dogs are there for a reason. Do you honestly think normal people get rid of good dogs? People dump their dogs because they are a problem. When they dump them they make up some excuse such as, "I'm moving and my new apartment doesn't allow pets." They don't always fess up and say, "the dog bites everyone."

Before some of you jump down my throat with rants about how you got a great dog from a shelter, all I can say is "good for you. You are one of the lucky ones." I have family members who have spent thousands of dollars on shelter dogs that seem to have health problem after health problem.

If you want a good dog, go to a private breeder. Check it out and ask questions. If you still can't find what you want, check the shelters but buyer beware. Good/healthy dogs CAN be found at shelters, but educate yourself and know what to look for and which questions to ask.

2419 days ago
62.

greatwhiteshark    

Ireland is infamous for puppy mills. In particular if buying a cavalier king charles spaniel. Always insist on visiting the breeder. NEVER LET THEM SHIP TO YOU!

2419 days ago
63.

bethany    

ilovepuppies, here's a thought.

Get up off your butt and contact vet offices and pounds and let them know that you will take in unwanted small dogs.

Then YOU take responsiblity and get them altered, shots, and everything else.

Find out how much it costs.

Then you can throw stones at people who are going broke trying to save dogs' lives.

And if you really cared and "loved puppies," you would ADOPT a mix at a pound. You wouldn't be obsessed with having to get a poodle (many of whom are a mess anyway thanks to bad breeding)

When people who "love puppies" actually DO SOMETHING to help them, the world will get better for dogs.

2419 days ago
64.

bethany    

chicago lady, becsause of all the bad breeding going on, it is the PUREBREDS that people buy that are having the horrible genetic problems and health problems and behavior problems

The "private breeders" don't send them to a shelter because they get gullible idiots to give them money for inferior dogs

2419 days ago
65.

bd    

Lori (#3), you said it just right!
When a pet shop says they do not get their dogs from puppy mills, DON'T BELIEVE THEM! NO reputable breeder would ever allow their puppies to go to a pet store, PERIOD!

2419 days ago
66.

GF    

Ilovepuppies - Ummm, sometimes it just costs what it costs. I do
volunteer with the local SPCA where I live (we are all volunteer, no gov. assistance just a lot of sitting on our asses on weekends and evenings selling tickets and various other fundraising). The adoption fee for our
dogs is $100. A perfectly healthy dog costs us a minimum of $200 and
that's with paying half price for neuter (male) . This includes
deworming, deflea, da2pplvl, rabies vaccination and the neuter. This
does not include a booster shot which is also needed and the costs to
house the dog. There is no staff (we badly need one, but can't afford it, so we can't save as many as we'd like) . We merely subsidize the cost of dogs and cats to give them a chance at life. Reputable shelters do not make a profit on their
animal adoptions. When you start taking your dog in for regular vaccinations or heaven forbid if it's hit by a car, or has an underlying health condition, you will see just how expensive it all can be or euthanize which also costs a minimum of $80 where I live.

2419 days ago
67.

FlyontheWallTMZ@aol.com    

My purebred pointer got a cancerous tumer at 2 yrs old - after I spent
every night training him - he would work a field like a windshield
wiper - Milo was an awsome dog - said I would never get a purebred
again - then got the 3 strays (mutts) - I trained them so well allI had I to
do was talk to them as if they were people and they would listen perfectly.
This time i went and did it - bought another purebred - Dont know if
I am asking for trouble or hoping it doesnt turn out like Milo did.
We will see.

Thanks for your time all


2419 days ago
68.

Sharona    

And what is the problem with this?

2419 days ago
69.

k    

THESE PEOPLE CAN'T TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES LET ALONE AN INNOCENT DOG,

2419 days ago
70.

bethany    

ilovepuppies, then why don't YOU do it for the love?

The little dogs need help- they are often terrified in the pounds with big barking dogs, or confused when their elderly owner dies.

YOU can get them out and get them to the vet and change their lives.

2419 days ago
71.

Mark    

Pets shouldn't be impulse purchases anyway and that is what the pet stores count on. "Oh isn't he or she cute"... as opposed to a well researched and thought out addition to a family. But then again, lots of people have kids with less thought than that (Brittney...).
Simply pathetic.

2419 days ago
72.

LIZBETH ANDREWS    

FOR THE DOGS THAT LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES IN A PUPPY MILL I THINK THAT THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIME. IMPRISION THE BREEDERS IN A CRAMPED TO SMALL CAGE AND DENY THEM ANY HUMAN CONTACT DECENT FOOD OR MEDICAL CARE. AS FOR BREEDING THEM DON'T BOTHER JUST KEEP THE CAGES FULL! ANY PET STORE WILL TELL YOU THEY DON'T USE MILLS BUT WHEN YOU SEE A PUP THAT LOOKS LIKE A WHIPPET AND THEY ARE CALLING IT A DEER TYPE CHIHUAHUA YOU CAN BET THEY CAME FROM A MILL. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TEACUP CHIHUAHUA A DEER CHIHUA HUA A TEA CUP YORKIE OR A POM. THESE PET STORES NEVER VISIT THE PLACE THEIR PUPS COME FROM. I HAVE 2 PUREBRED RESCUES AND THEY ARE THE SWEETEST MOST LOVING DOGS YOU WILL EVER MEET. HOW DOGS CAN FIND IT IN THEIR HEARTS TO GIVE HUMANS ONE MORE CHANCE I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND BUT THEY DO. SOME DON'T BUT MOST DO. DO NOT GET A PUP FROM A PET STORE AND WATCH THE BACKYARD BREEDERS TOO. AS FOR BRITTIANY SHE NEEDS A PET LIKE SHE NEEDS ANOTHER CHILD. AT LEAST KIDS HAVE SOMEONE THAT WILL SPEAK FOR THEM. BRITT IF YOU ARE LISTENING DOGS ARE JUST KIDS WITH FOUR LEGS INSTEAD OF TWO.

2419 days ago
73.

Stefanie for the Ethical Treatment of Animals    

Adoption is the only way to go....visit www.hua.org to see some amazing animals who were rescued from puppy mills and other horrible situations. This is a national no kill shelter that does NATIONWIDE adoptions. They have the same types of dogs available in pet stores and from breeders so there is NO EXCUSE for buying a pet.

"When you buy, Others DIE"

2419 days ago
74.

reading teacher    

Stop buying from pet stores and breeders! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE...adopt your pets from a local shelter, millions of animals are killed each year simply because no one adopts them! there are a lot of really GREAT dogs out there just waiting for someone to give them a good home!!

2419 days ago
75.

Diane    

No matter which breed someone is interested in, there are rescue groups who can hook you up with a great pet. And just think, usually no housebreaking involved, pets are already spayed or neutered, microchipped, etc etc. For someone bound and determined to buy a pure bred puppy, please visit the breeder. If they don't want you to visit, there's a reason. If you think you're "saving" a puppy by rescuing it from a pet store, all you're doing is making more room for puppy mills to continue their torture. Now that Michael Vick is behind bars, maybe the Humane Society can get puppy mills up next to be prosecuted.

2419 days ago
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