Problems With Imported Pets

PuppiesImported pets is a growing business in the United States. Puppies coming from Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, and Central America are being sold on the Internet, but the problem is that many of these pets are already ill when they come to the US.

Numerous importers are selling sick pets to unsuspecting people over the Internet. Countless pet owners have told stories of their pet already being sick when they first received their pet, and others said their pet has numerous health problems.

The Department of Agriculture documented the inhumane conditions these animals go through when they are imported. There were plastic bags around dog crates that ended up suffocating the animals, and carriers meant for one dog were crammed with multiple puppies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said some importers are even selling puppies before they’re old enough for a rabies vaccination. In March, a dog from India flew through Seattle on its way to Alaska before it was diagnosed with rabies.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said, “We’re seeing tens of thousands of these animals coming in, produced on puppy mills in foreign countries, sold in the United States often through Internet sites & and we’re seeing them treated like things and commodities. It’s not about providing companionship and canine companions to American kids and adults, it’s about making a profit and doing it on the backs of these poor creatures.”

Source: ABC News

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9 Responses to “Problems With Imported Pets”

  1. Lynne says:

    We are importing pets? I wasn’t aware that we have a shortage of them in this country.

    Christ on a crutch.

  2. Cate says:

    Enough already! When will this insanity stop?!?!?!?

  3. Diella says:

    This reminds me of a time a few months ago. I was at a Chinese Supermarket in LA with my family and outside, there were people selling these puppies that were in bird cages! They were actual bird cages and I know because I’ve had birds! The puppies were all so young and they looked sickly and the thought crossed my mind that these poor pups might be imported from who knows where. I wanted to go and ask if they had a license to sell and ask them where they got their puppies as well as being prepared to call the cops but my mom literally dragged me away.

    It’s one thing to import a lot of our items from other countries such as toys, etc but pets? That’s taking it too far.

  4. mittens says:

    like we’re gonna run out of them here. you can get just about ANYTHING into this country from china, can’t you? try flying your pet to europe- they have to go into quarantine and here sick animals are being flogged nearly on the streets, no restrictions/ no questions asked. the health danger alone is frightening and one knows what the horrors of the conditions are .

    try getting citrus fruit into canada and there are more restrictions.

  5. mikken says:

    Again the answer is properly run shelters.

    America kills (many) thousands of healthy puppies every year because “there’s no one to take them”. But then we ship them in by the boatload because there’s a market.

    If we can get the shelter system working properly, the puppies will get to the people and the people will get to the puppies and we won’t be importing rabies and heaven knows what else (I know someone with an imported puppy that she got from a shelter - yes, they were shipping puppies INTO a shelter from overseas - who found out the hard way that this dog has a tick borne illness of a variety vets haven’t seen in the US, yet - poor dog, poor owner’s checkbook!) into this country.

    The puppy millers will go out of business and the Chinese will suddenly find no market for their animals and *hopefully* stop breeding so many. A reduction in cruelty all around!

    Nathan Winograd has my support!

  6. KAEfamily says:

    I have grown up with dogs and I am a first time dog owner but NEVER once would I consider coughing up my hard earned money to purchase a pet! That is just imbecilic (some humans should never have been given brains). For those who think they could never find a perfect dog from a shelter, they should meet my friend’s recent adoption named Freckles. He’s a 24 lbs border collie mutt of joy. And he’s the most intelligent and wonderful one year old pup. Except for teething (he spares the furniture!) he has no issues whatsoever. He is so well-behaved that we suspect he’s someone’s lost puppy.

    Diella, if I was there I would call the Humane Society. Everyone must get involved in order to stop this horrific business.

  7. Diella says:

    KAEfamily: I would have called the Humane Society or the authorities but unfourtunatly I was with my parents and while my mom understood how I felt, she didn’t want me getting into a possible problem so I had to let it be.

    I also agree with you about purchasing pets. I would never ever purchase a pet and I still don’t quite understand why anyone would (granted that the dog or cat is going to be a pet and not a show dog). I found my dog at the humane society and he was abused and classified as an extrememly fearful dog that would take a lot of work but I thought otherwise about him so I brought him home. Within a week or two, his true personality came out and I couldn’t ask for more in a companion.

  8. steve r says:

    This- along with Amish puppy mills, puppy mills run by non-Amish generic degenerates, puppy-smugling across the Mexican border and God knows what else.

    One thing to remember is that most people want puppies and I have been told there generally aren’t many puppies at shelters.

    So, from the article:
    “If you still want to buy from a breeder, make sure you meet the breeder and inspect the puppies’ home.”

    One day, hopefully, there will an effective national campaign (along with shelter reform) educating people on why they shoudn’t buy from pet stores, the internet, flea markets, etc.

  9. Carol says:

    This scam has been going on for ages now. People re-sell imported puppies on line, claiming to have bred them themselves.

    The pups are shipped in from Russia and Eastern Europe, with multiple pups per crate. For example, if a crate is airline rated for a twenty pound dog, the European shippers pack the crate with twenty pounds worth of puppies. So what if one or two die in transit? That’s considered ‘acceptable loss’.

    BTW, sites like Puppy Find and Next Day Pets are *loaded* with these re-sold puppies. A breed like the Bulldog sells for as little as $500 in Eastern Europe (shipping included), and can be re-sold for $2500 in the USA. No wonder some of these people are raking in well over $100K per year.

    For more on the sordid reality of the puppy re-sale trade, visit Attorneys John Hoffman and Charlotte Creeley’s excellent website, The Wrong Puppy.

    For more on how to determine if someone is, in fact, a re-seller, visit this info page - Avoiding Import Brokers.

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