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Puppy Rentals and Puppy Parties – The new puppy mill scam

September 21, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

I don’t know if you have seen these headlines in your news feed lately, but if not, you are now on notice. Commercial breeders (a.k.a puppy millers) and the pet store industry (specifically, pet stores that sell animals) have found a new avenue in which to use and sell their wares (i.e., products, or in this case, puppies).

Yes. You are reading this right. Puppy parties.

For a fee, people can rent a whole litter of puppies for a birthday or bachelorette party.

Gee, what fun.

Puppy Wearing BowI suppose it really would be fun to play with a whole gaggle of puppies for a couple of hours. Who doesn’t love the smell of puppy breath? Unfortunately, what the “journalists” writing these stories, and promoting them on their television networks, failed to do was ask questions. They failed to ask where the party promoters and puppy rental operators were sourcing their puppies.  I suppose no one really wants to hear that something so novel and cute could have a shady backside, do they?

“We just want the feel good story ma’am.”

Fortunately, CAPs (Companion Animal Protection Society) asked the questions the journalists did not, and what they found, at least in one case, was deeply concerning:

What David Dietz, owner of PuppyParty.com and Puppy Paradise, is neglecting to tell the media and his clients who seek puppies for children’s birthday parties, bachelorettes parties and other events, is that Puppy Party puppies come from inhumane high-volume commercial breeding facilities known as puppy mills. These mills supply puppies to Dietz’ store, Puppy Paradise – the source of the Puppy Party puppies. If a party-goer happens to fall in love with a puppy, then he or she can purchase that puppy from the store.

Not only did CAPS discover that this puppy party rental business sourced from puppy mills, but that many (if not all) of the mills they sourced from had a history animal neglect and abuse. Just take a look at some of the puppy mills sourcing David Dietz’s pet store and puppy party business:

  • Gayle Duncan, of Gayle’s Country Pups in Oklahoma, was exposed by CAPS for having multiple serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations. One of her mill’s employees, Gayle’s brother-in-law Jeff, admitted to running over a dog with a four-wheeler on purpose because the dog had bit him after trying to escape the pen.
  • Kevin Street, one of the substandard and inhumane breeders who sold to Puppy Paradise, had a dog CAPS rescued that had signs of cattle prod burns and suffered from a painful growth that came from lying on an ongoing Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
  • Dwayne Hurliman, was found to have a thousand dogs and puppies (he claimed to have around 500) in dirty, crowded and collapsing cages when he was investigated by CAPs.
  • Maureen Butler, another horrible breeder, owner of PugPekinpoo-tzu in Missouri, kept her dogs in outside pens, exposed to extreme cold in the winter and hot sun in the summer. In one instance, she nonchalantly showed a CAPS investigator a puppy that had lost toes to frostbite, in what she described as a “cold day” in May.
  • Betty Mings, owner Bet-Ter Kennel in Missouri, exposed dogs to the harsh Midwest winters. CAPS investigators uncovered AWA violations and witnessed numerous cages with days of fecal accumulation. Mines said that her dogs have puppies every breeding cycle and added, “I got dogs nine to 10 years old, still have seven, eight puppies.”

I’m not sure when puppy parties became a “thing”, but I hope you’ll spread the word. Puppy mills and pet store owners are looking for new streams of revenue, and they’re counting on nobody asking them any questions.

If you come across someone looking to sell you a puppy party or is offering to rent you a puppy, ask some questions:
  • Where do you get your puppies from? (They will lie to you and say they only use reputable breeders. Ask them for actual names, locations and phone numbers.)
  • Can I speak with the breeder(s)? (They most likely will refuse this request, which should be a huge red flag, but if they do provide a number ask lots of questions of the breeder.
  • How old are the puppies you use? (Anything under 8 weeks should raise tons of red flags. Puppies should not leave their mother before 8 weeks and ideally, not before 9-10 weeks in age. A puppy that is shipped across state lines younger than 8 weeks is illegal.)
  • How long do you use the puppies in your puppy parties?
  • What happens to the puppies when they are no longer puppies? (They will most likely lie to you on this one, but my bet is many of them are sold at the puppy parties. Buying a puppy from one of these party promoters is supporting a puppy mill and the continued abuse of the mother and father. Don’t do it.)
  • How often are your puppies attending parties and how long are they exposed to a high-stress environment and forced to be handled? (This is something I would love to know. I suspect these puppies are getting overworked and stressed out frequently. A puppy that is not making money is a puppy that is of no use to these people.)

You can watch the full CAPS story here:

A Puppy Party from CAPS on Vimeo.

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  1. September 21, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    This sounds quite outrageous and I’m not sure why anyone would either want to do it or want to provide dogs for this purposes.

  2. September 21, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    That is utterly hideous 😦

  3. September 21, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    What will they think of next? Terrible!

  4. September 21, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    I had no idea this sort of thing was going on. Thanks for the educational post.

  5. fredrieka
    September 22, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    this is just horrible.

  6. September 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Incredible, isn’t it? The evil never tire of new ways to do their deeds.

  7. September 22, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Thank you for educating us all about this. I have heard about this. How they think to exploit them in new ways. So sad. The key is education so thank you!!

  8. September 22, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Good grief, is there no shame…anywhere? Thanks for shedding a light on the ability of some to make greed look like a good idea.

  9. September 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Gross..just gross…:(

  10. September 23, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    I had no idea – this is horrible! Will share so more can do the same. #terrible

  11. September 24, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Reblogged this on Unconventional Writer and commented:
    This may very well be animal abuse. This is what clowns are for. Small animals aren’t for personal entertaintment.

  12. Debbie
    September 24, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Mel I just got the chance to read this. I’m about to go to lunch and this is sickening me. How do you rent out puppies? Outside of the cruelty they already deal with, what about the emotional scars on the puppy. No one thinks about them! If you are going to do a “puppy party,” why not bring a few shelter pets looking for homes? It could be similar to an adoption event. Let’s get homeless puppies homes.

    Don’t forget to light a candle for homeless dogs today. It’s #remembermethursday 9/24/15. Do a Google search to find their website and learn all about it!

  13. September 27, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    That video just made me sick, tears are running down my face. I just don’t understand people who can be so casually cruel to animals.

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