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Arlington Heights Pet Store Linked to Puppy Mills

According to the Humane Society of the United States, an investigation of Chicagoland pet stores linked dozens of puppy sellers to puppy mills.

The Humane Society of the United States recently launched an investigation to track down pet stores that purchase dogs from puppy mills, and an Arlington Heights pet store was one of the businesses to pop up on their radar.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Puppy Mills are large commerical dog breeding operations that place an emphasis on profit over the health and well being of these animals. 

Through a Freedom of Information Act Request, the Humane Society learned that more than 2,000 puppies were shipped to Chicago-area pet stores in a six-month period.

A total of 50 stores in the Chicagoland area were identified as those that have purchased dogs from puppy mills, including Happiness is Pets, 15 W. Golf Road, Arlington Heights.

Click here to see the full puppy mill investigation report from the Humane Society of the United States.

Part of a chain, Happiness is Pets has purchased a puppies from a number of brokers and breeders with several animal welfare violations, the Humane Society reports.

“We’ve had a number of complaints about the chain of stores from people who bought sick puppies,” said Kathleen Summers, Director of Outreach and Research for the Humane Society of the United State’s Puppy Mills Campaign.

According to Summers, puppy mill dogs are often sick and if not, people need to think about what their money is funding. “We want people to know where pet store dogs really come from,” Summers said, “And we want those customers to know what their dollars support.”

Click here to see the video of the Humane Society's undercover investigation.

Puppy sales peak around the holidays and the Humane Society wants to keep people and their money out of pet stores who currently purchase these animals. “People shouldn’t be buying puppies from pet stores at all,” Summers said, “It supports animal cruelty.” 

The Happiness is Pets store in Arlington Heights was not cited or fined. Purchasing dogs from puppy mills is not illegal. 

Editor's Note: Information was provided by the Humane Society of the United States following an uncercover investigation. Purchasing puppies from puppy mills is not illegal. 

G December 13, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I am so happy to hear this is finally getting publicity! But anyone in the pet community probably knows that Happiness is Pets, Petland - really, ANY STORE THAT SELLS LIVE ANIMALS is supporting the horrible puppy mill industry. http://www.puppymills.com/ is an excellent resource for self-education. Buy from a reputable breeder, or rescue! But for the love of God, please do not ever buy a pet from a retail store, EVER!
Wilberth Marin December 13, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I bought my dog from happiness puppy eleven years ago. I never had any issue with my Chihuahua,(summer) she was just a little tiny puppy when I got her, she is so sweet, never got sick and she is in very good health. Sorry and sad to hear that happiness puppies is are getting their puppies from the puppy mills. Nidya
Ellen December 14, 2012 at 04:08 AM
When breed specific rescues deny dogs to people who don't have fenced back yards, they are also contributing to this problem. I tried to rescue a sheltie but they wouldn't even talk to me. Two puppy stores were willing to sell me puppies as long as my charge card cleared. I LOVE my two probably-from-puppy-mills dogs!!!
G December 14, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Ellen - I hope you understand the disconnect there! The pet store only cares about the sale, and the breeders and rescues actually care about the welfare of the dog you are taking in, hopefully committing a lifetime of responsibility toward. I have a rescued Labrador and was denied by 1 rescue because I had towels hanging from my oven handle that a Lab might chew and choke on. Needless to say, I adopted from another rescue and have had my boy for over 10 of his nearly 12 years on this earth. The system isn't perfect, but knowing that your puppy-mill dogs are probably contributing to the suffering of a caged animal allowed outside only to breed, well - for me it's hard to sleep at night knowing those cute pet-store puppies mean hundreds of other dogs suffer in pain for their entire lives.

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