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'Horrified' and 'Appalled'

by Puppy Mills

12/12/2007 6:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The chi-chi pet store where Paris Hilton and Britney Spears got their pooches says they're "horrified" and "appalled" by the possibility that their dogs might've come from a puppy mill, but stopped short of admitting that that's where they came from.

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In a statement issued to TMZ, Pets of Bel Air says that it would "never knowingly buy a dog from a puppy mill," as the Humane Society of the United States has alleged. Pets of Bel Air also says that "to the best of our knowledge," all the puppies are from approved breeders. As for its permit to sell animals, which had expired, the shop says it was a clerical error that allowed it to expire. They've provided TMZ with the renewed permit.

For the statement in full, read after the jump.

Pet store: Click to watchDear Customers, Friends and Neighbors,

We are horrified by the recent video released by the Humane Society of the United States showing footage of puppy mills. We do not condone puppy mills; we would never knowingly buy a dog from a puppy mill; and we are appalled by the possibility that this may have happened. We are investigating all of our sources so that we continue to nurture the finest and most reputable dogs from the best breeders, a practice that we've held central to our business since we opened nine years ago.

To the best of our knowledge, our beautiful puppies purchased out-of –state are from USDA approved pet breeders. We rely on our governmental agency to be sure that these breeders are inspected. All of our puppies are given health checks by our store veterinarian when they become part of our family and before joining their new families. Our puppies are all sold with a health warranty, and are not available to go home to their new families until they have been cleared by a veterinarian.

It has been brought to our attention that our permit to sell animals has expired and we have remedied this issue. The permit fee went inadvertently unpaid due to a clerical error. Upon completion of an inspection by Animal Services, which is scheduled for Thursday, Pets of Bel Air will reopen.

Pets of Bel Air has been a trusted neighborhood business for many years. Every employee at Pets of Bel Air is an animal lover, as evidenced by the care and love we show our puppies and kittens each day; the healthy environment we provide; and the respect we show each of you. We continue to be a community pet store you can trust.

Thank you for your continued support.

Pets of Bel Air

UPDATE: The HSUS issued TMZ the following response: "The Humane Society of the United States' investigation makes it clear that Pets of Bel Air puppies came from puppy mills. The store's claim of ignorance just doesn't measure up: they made absolute assurances to their customers of the sources of their puppies - noting specifically on their website that their "babies come from private breeders". These claims are typical of slick pet store sales techniques - and Pets of Bel Air would have kept on making them if not for The HSUS' investigation.

They also can't deny the confessions of their store staff about the health of the animals, and their description of how they mislead customers.

Pets of Bel Air claims they set the standard for the pet store industry - that's exactly our fear. Pets of Bel Air's deceitful tactics are standard fare in pet stores across the nation. The pet store industry knowingly supports the cruel and reckless business of puppy mills. The HSUS will continue to work tirelessly to shine a spotlight on this indefensible abuse and let the public know how to avoid supporting it themselves."
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wide-eye    

hey folks! Where is that email that is supposed to confirm I sent in a comment?

2404 days ago
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Wolfster    

I'm so glad this place is frequented by celebrities. That means a LOT more coverage to this despicable practice. NO reputable breeder would sell to ANY pet store. If you are buying a puppy from ANY pet store, you are supporting puppy mills. Google "puppy mill" to see some of the horror these dogs are subjected to so idiots can make an impulse buy. Petland is one of the worst orffenders, by the way. Boycott them.

2404 days ago
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allright337    

i have read every single comment and i know i will be corrected if i am wrong but so be it. i find it appalling that PETA that just loves animals so much and spends so much money on all their stupid campaigns would not post a comment on here. anyone believing that PETA is a good organization needs to go to www.petakillsanimals.com i often refuse to go to a site where animals are shown mistreated or worse-killed... but everyone needs to check out the sight www.petakillsanimals.com . i gave PETA so much money over the years thinking i was helping animals and i was actually oaying for them to be killed. the fact that PETA has not even tried to stop the webstie petakillsanimals.com is proof in itself. the day PETA is out of business will be a very welcome day for all animals in america. please dont give another dime to PETA. they are just as bad as puppy mills if not worse. and the ceo whatever the thing is from PETA...Ingrid....god please get rid of her.

2403 days ago
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FlyontheWallTMZ@aol.com    

There excuse was - Oh we didnt know that LMAO




Love your puppies - just make sure you know where it came from.





Harv is not an animal lover.











2420 days ago
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blackberry_curve@yahoo.com    

I personally blame Brittney (...myself). Stop the puppy mills!!!!!!!!! Stop Heather Mills, too!!

2420 days ago
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Standards are badly needed.    

Why nasty puppy mills when you could raise the pups ethically in decent conditions and still make a profit finding good homes? All it would take would be a little loving care before profit. That almighty buck can be the root of all evil. At least some of these poor pups find loving homes eventually, but their origin can be miserable for them.

2420 days ago
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bethany    

LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES.

These pet stores exist on a base of lies and deceit.

ALL pet stores buy puppies from puppy mills or puppy mill brokers. They buy them cheap so they can mark them up for retail.

NO reputable breeder ever sells to a pet store. PERIOD.

And the puppies are cheap because the puppy millers treat the dogs like garbage. No vet care, in cages for their lives, raised outside, horrible abuse.

When we stop buying from the pet stores and websites, the PUPPY MILLS WILL CLOSE and the abuse will stop.



2420 days ago
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bethany    

And the USDA has done a TERRIBLE job of monitoring these mills! The USDA allows abuse and illegal acts!

The USDA does nothing while the suffering goes on and consumer rip-offs continue! USDA means nothing other than it's def a puppy mill!!

The Detroit News did an expose on the FAILURE of the USDA, and the fact that the USDA colludes with the puppy mills to keep them in business.

Our tax dollars used to support dog abuse!
Here's some of the news story http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8928

2420 days ago
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Uncle Ashtray    

Blame it on Charlie Brown & the Peanuts gang!

They started it with "adopting" Snoopy from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. AND don't give that Lila BS!!!

2420 days ago
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nataliec    

GOOD GOD ALL YOU COMPLAINING IDIOTS...ITS NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS WHERE I BOUGHT MY DOGS (AND THEY WERE EXPENSIVE) OR WHAT BROKER I USED TO GET THEM...ALL I KNOW IS THAT I HAVE TWO HEALTHY CHIHUAHUAS THAT CAME TO ME FROM A CLEAN AND CARING BROKER. I DID RESEARCH THE SPCA AND WAS DISGUSTED AT THE WAY THEIR DOGS AND CATS ARE TREATED...DIRTY FILTHY CAGES WITH DOG FECES AND PEE ALL OVER THE PLACE...THE DOGS THEMSELVES ARE DIRTY AND SCRUNGY LOOKING, THEN THERE ARE THESE ENORMOUS FEES FOR ADOPTING, THEY PUT THESE DOGS AND CATS DOWN IF THEY CANNOT FIND HOMES FOR THEM (WHO ARE THE DOG & CAT mURDERS NOW). I MAY HAVE PAID ALOT FOR MY GIRLS, BUT AM VERY HAPPY TO HAVE CLEAN, HEALTHY DOGS. SO PEOPLE BUY YOUR ANIMALS WHEREVER YOU WANT AND DO NOT LET PETA (WHO ENDS UP KILLING HUNDREDS OF DOGS) DICTATE TO YOU WHERE TO PURCHASE YOUR ANIMAL. i REFUSE TO HAVE SOME DOG CATCHER SAY IF I CAN OR CANNOT ADOPT A PET, I REFUSE TO HAVE THESE DOG CATCHERS IN MY HOME TO APPROVE MY HOMES FOR DOGS. YOU ARE SAFER AND BETTER OFF BUYING YOUR PUPPY THROUGH A BREEDER, THAN SOME FILTHY SHELTER WITH PEOPLE WHO DONT KNOW YOURE AROUND TO ADOPT. NOT HAVING SOME OVERWEIGHT IDIOT CHECKING ME AND MY HOME OUT.

2420 days ago
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bethany    

Here's an excerpt-

OVERSIGHT OF BREEDERS:
AGENCY FAULTED FOR NOT CRACKING DOWN ON VIOLATORS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's focus in recent years on giving breeders who violate the Animal Welfare Act repeated chances to correct their problems has drawn harsh criticism - both from within and outside the agency.

The USDA's Office of Inspector General has criticized the agency since the 1990s for failing to adequately crack down on violators. And in a blistering September report, the inspector general found an ineffective monitoring and inspection system and concluded the USDA failed to take action against "violators who compromised ... animal health."

A USDA inspector, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agency does not allow employees to speak to the media and he fears retaliation, said he and his colleagues are beset with low morale as leadership demands second and third chances for some of the worst offenders.

"When morale is low, you have inspectors doing half of what they normally can do," the inspector said.

2420 days ago
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b    

USDA approved means nothing. The dogs could have papers and that still means nothing. We rescued lots of dogs from mill auctions - I suggest the owners of the store and their clients attend one in rural Missouri to see what conditions the parents of these puppies are living in. And for a pet store to say they rely on the government to check - that's just lazy. These people know about puppy mills and they just don't care to find out where their "stock" actually comes from. It's disgusting.

2420 days ago
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jmo    

Yeah, right. Pull the other leg. They were horrified because they got caught. How do they explain how they sent payment and to who? If they're telling the truth, just produce the bills of sale from the breeders.

2420 days ago
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davesmomster    

I personally bought my Daschie directly from the breeder. I got to see the mom and the dad and only paid $200 for a healthy pet. I got my other dog from the Humane Society for only $50 including neuteriing. Don't buy from pet shops, most of the use puppy mills.

2420 days ago
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2 1/2 Volts    




cows make great pets, smarter than dogs to!

2420 days ago
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