Imported 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