Internet Dog Seller Accused of Selling Puppy Mill DogsPublished December 6, 2011
Have retail websites claiming to sell purebred puppies secretly been selling puppy mill dogs online? A new NBC Miami report describes a lawsuit against Purebred Breeders Inc., an online company believed to be the largest Internet dog seller, that alleges that the company sold puppy mill dogs to unsuspecting owners under false pretenses.
The lawsuit came about due to scores of customers becoming upset with recent purchases. The NBC Miami report says that prospective dog owners were sold dogs that quickly died upon arrival, or had other illnesses or complications commonly found in dogs that come from puppy mills.
Purebred Breeders' intricate network of websites often make it appear as if it is a local breeder. In reality, the report states, the company is "little more than a telephone call center." Customers looking for dogs in specific locations are forwarded to the same telephone call center in Florida. The lawsuit claims that the company then arranges for a puppy from a mill located in the Midwest to be sent to whoever orders.
Online puppy retail, especially around the holidays, is a booming business. The NBC Miami report claims that Purebred Breeders sells roughly 16,000 dogs throughout the year, working with a network of 2,000 breeders. Around the holidays, prices of the pooches skyrockets, becoming marked up by anywhere from 100-150 percent.
Without a doubt, the situation involving Purebred Breeders is regrettable, most notably so for the poor dogs that are allegedly involved in the puppy mill transactions.
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