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by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and former bachelor star Lorenzo Borghese teamed up to show New Yorkers why buying a dog at the local pet shop is a bad move for both people and pups.

An investigator from the powerhouse animal protection organization and Borghese went undercover in 11 pet shops in the New York City area posing as “shoppers.” Their findings told the grim tale behind the cute facade.

HSUS reported that, “All 11 stores videotaped by HSUS investigators purchased their puppies from large-scale commercial breeding facilities, despite specific claims of ‘no puppy mills’ or misleading statements implying that their sources were small ‘private breeders.’ When HSUS investigators filmed some of these breeding facilities they found hundreds of dogs confined to small cages.”

The organization didn’t stop there. They also looked at the records of over 100 pet shops in New York state and found that more than 4,500 puppies were purchased from large scale breeding facilities in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Oklahoma. And that was just during a four month period.

Check out the undercover video below and the full story here.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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