There is a man, outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin that is raising 20 or more breeds of "purebred" dogs. It is definately a puppy mill, these are not home raised dogs with quality human contact.
This is also a good reason not to give your purebred dogs away. He obtains them, saying they will be family pets and then breeds them until they are no longer able to breed.
At any one time, he has ads in the newspapers for up to 20 different types of dogs.
Who can help? Where can he be reported to? These dogs are obviously just a money making scheme. I feel so sorry for them and also feel sorry for the families that are giving up their beloved pets to this man.
I have had dogs my entire lifetime, they are a big part of my life and it dis-heartens me to see someone exploiting these loving creatures.
You can report him to animal control, but unless the dogs are kept in unsafe or unclean conditions (and unfortunately, just being kept in small pens outside generally isn't enough), there may not be a whole lot you can do. As the guy is in wisconsin and the weather is getting colder, this might be a goodt ime to call though. If the dogs aren't kept in an environment that can protect them from winter's bitter cold, it's more likely they'll be seized. You can also call the AKC and ask them what they know bout the guy, but you might need the dog's registration numbers and not just his name.
I would call animal control and tell them about the ad and give them his number. Tell animal control that they should pretend to be an interested costumer wanting to buy a puppy. That way they can go and see for themselves, but since he won't know they are animal control, he won't know to 'straighten up' if you know what I mean. Something like that happened in my state. There was an ad for golden retriever puppies for only 100 dollars. Where I live that's REALLY cheap. I called out of curiousity, and she said the reason they were so cheap was because she normally sells her dogs to pet stores and brokers, but the brokers wouldn't take these puppies because they had mange and fleas. She said that "I could easily take care of those problems" and that they were "Great puppies". I called animal control, and oddly, a few days later her ads were gone and I haven't seen them since. She pretty much has ads year round. Makes me wonder if the dogs that aren't fit to be sold to brokers, she just puts ads for. But I still haven't seen any of her ads. I wonder if she got in trouble, or just sold all the puppies and pulled her ad. It was sad.
Basset: Are you in Wisconsin? I'm located about 30 miles Northeast of Green Bay. I've seen this person's adds in the Shopper's Guide for years. I'm not sure if he has been investigated or not. I'll see if I can find out anything.
Edited: He actually is located in Plymouth, Wisconsin, which is close to Sheboygan, and Closer to Milwaukee than Green Bay, so that is quite a ways away from me. I'll still see what I can do.
***Edited By: jbg on 11/23/2004 11:47:24 AM*** Reason: added
i was looking for a puppy so my mom told me about an ad for beagles in plymouth wisconsin for 200 each, the man you told about is the one with the ad. the ad is the exact same one as you put up. what can you do about it? would it be a good or bad idea to get the puppy?
Horrifying and repulsive. With that many different breeds, it can be nothing but a puppy mill. Some people are just plain sick. Those poor poor dogs and puppies. If people would refuse to buy from mills like this, they would go out of business. That means laws not allowing "brokers" too.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read!! Groucho Marx
SERIOUSLY? Do not buy that puppy! By doing so you would only be adding to the misery. You may thing you are rescuing it, but what about the others? The $200 is all this man cares about and it will allow him to continue his puppymill.
If ever there was a person who deserved to be struck by lightening... Maybe he will have an accident while cleaning his guns.