from Last Saturday's Chronicle Herald's Letters to the Editor -
Banish puppy ads
Sat. Jan 10 - 5:35 AM
We need the public to stop buying sick puppies from classified ads. We have all individually written Kijiji, eBay and/or Wells Fargo, which are all connected. We have asked them to stop selling live puppies on Kijiji (eBay does not sell live animals). None of us has received a response from any of them, which is why we are writing this letter.
Other classified outlets have banned the people who are up on charges for selling these poor, sick, dying pups.
If you are asked to meet in a parking lot, or to have your puppy delivered, this is a red flag. Most breeders are responsible about how they conduct their business and will welcome you into their home, let you view one or both parents, and provide proof-of-health checks and vaccination records that are not photocopied.
It is OK to ask for references, especially veterinary references – this is the responsible thing to do! Go to Google and research the breeder/broker prior to purchase. Check with the Better Business Bureau.
Please be careful and thorough. The only way these people will be put out of business is if we, the public, stop buying from them. Please, please, please stop buying these puppies.
Pat Snoyer, Bramber
Carolyn Clarkson Mitchell, Kentville
Donna Nugent, Pictou County
Wayne K. Kroft, Liverpool
Jennifer Richardson, Dartmouth
Scott Saunders, New Ross
Esther Smith, Tatmagouche
Susan Clark, Greenwood
Joy McDonald, Liverpool
Janet Patterson, Enfield