There is a place called "The Puppy Barn" up here. It's so cute, and has some maditory puppy supplies too. The puppies are in huge wooden boxes witht the top off, and the inside is filled with cedar bedding, and some hay for snuggles, and some toys. There is also food and water. The prices are not extremely bad, the humans there seem to love all the puppies, and give you a 2 year health gaurunteer. Lot's of my friends got their dogs from there, and they are all good-natured and healthy. We were going to get our first dog from there, but I wasn't sure about it...
I know a pet store around here called Animals & Things, maybe some people in NJ know it. It has the puppies in wire cages, stacked on top of each other. Sometimes,, when they poop, it falls on the puppy below. Still, people buy from that place. They definetly have their puppies coming from puppy mills. The place you described might breeed their own dogs or have breeders that actually care a little supply them with pups.
People in my breed club would lose their membership for selling dogs to such a place. If you are real curious ask to see the pups' papers as a potential buyer. I would say shelter pups would be just as good, and lots cheaper?
I also have a local place that sells puppies. Most of the pups they sell are mixed breeds - that people are trying to "get rid of". They usually bring them in and just give them to the store. The store then sells them for $80 - $300 bucks or so. I actually thought it was a community service type of thing . . . until I learned that one of the employees has yorkies. She breeds them constantly and sells them in the pet store - for $1100 - $2500 each. I talked to the owner one day and asked where he got the yorkies - and he told me that he has them often because of his employee. I never went back there again. Those poor yorkies are puppy machines.
Yeah, the people there are not abusive, and at night put blankets in with thge puppies to keep them warm. They give them lots of attention, too. The pups themselves all look healthy, happy, and love people. They all come running when go to the side of their wooden box. Oh, and I wasn't thinking of ever buying a pup from there at the moment. I was just curious for the future. I'll probably end up with a shelter dog, like Shadow.
Honestly, NO good breeder would do this to their puppies. NO WAY. So- it doesn't matter if the store breeds them, if they get them from BYBs, or if they get them from puppymills- those are all AWFUL things to support with YOUR money. People who have understand this would not even SHOP in stores like that- go to a store that doesn't sell live animals, instead. If you've ever had a young puppy- you should understand HOW MUCH TIME puppies require. JUST ONE! A responsible breeder will sell you a puppy for MUCH less than you would get at a petstore, in any case. And the puppy would have a headstart towards potty training (while petstore puppies are so behind that they may NEVER be reliable), would have been exposed to household noises like vacuums, dishwashers, doorbells and the like (petstore puppies never know these things until they go home- sometimes as late as 6 months), and will come with MUCH more than a 2 year guarrantee (most genetic issues don't rear their head until AFTER the second year- how worthless)... they'll come with a lifelong EXPERT you can turn to with questions. Nobody can be an expert on more than one or two breeds- the people who sell the dogs in a petstore don't know more than a few things about each breed (if THAT much). Puppies in petstores get sick ALL the time- nobody who bought a puppy would let strangers come up and pet it all day, right? Well petstore puppies don't have a choice. Who knows if a child is sitting there poking a puppy in the eye, grabbing their tail? If a jerk came in just to harrass the animals? Who KNOWS what kind of behavioral issues those puppies come with because of this kind of a beginning? Petstores that sell puppies and kittens are just plain a BAD IDEA. Rescuing a pet is WONDERFUL- and at least you're not supporting a crappy industry that SHOULD BE DEAD. I'm glad YOU have the sense to ask. Can you find another store for your pet supplies? If not- think about ordering online. It's just a shame that places like this exist. :(
Shadow, there is a pet store in my state that is exactly what you are describing. I was also curious about it. What first interested me in it was that the owner has pics of a great dane winning first place at a show on the wall. I asked him about it, and he said he showed his dane. I thought that was interesting for a pet store owner. So I asked about the puppies he sold at his pet shop. (He didn't have a ton like a lot of pet shops, he had like 10) All his puppies he got from 'show' homes. They were the puppies that had CH parents, but they were 'pet quality'. They had something about them that disqualified them from the ring. To call his bluff, I asked if I could contact the 'breeders' that he was referring to, and to my surprise, all of them checked out. I even went to one of their homes and they showed me all kinds of champion ribbons and the pedigrees. I asked why they sold their dogs to a pet shop, and they said that the owner was a friend from the show ring, and that he screened all the customers and had even turned some away and that they completely trusted him. I thought the whole thing was so weird! I had never seen anything like that before. The dogs were really reasonably priced too, and all had neuter/spay contracts.