Where Is that Puppy in the Window From?

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Pedestrians on Columbus Avenue often stop to look at several puppies wrestling in the window of Pet Fashion, a new pet store between West 87th and 88th streets. But a group of West Siders says residents should know that these dogs come from puppy mills, and that the store is not welcome in the neighborhood.

Though legal, puppy mills are considered inhumane by animal rights groups, such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

An employee at Pet Fashion holds a puppy. Critics say the animals are from an inhumane puppy mill. Photo by Andrew Schwartz

An employee at Pet Fashion holds a puppy. Critics say the animals are from an inhumane puppy mill. Photo by Andrew Schwartz

Animals (ASPCA). They are commercial businesses that continuously breed female dogs without regard to health or wellbeing. In fact, the first tip offered by the ASPCA to fight puppy mills is for prospective pet owners to steer clear of puppies from pet stores.

“There are poor conditions in puppy mills,” said Neil Rosenblum, who owns Pet Stop, a supply store across the street. “It’s unbelievably unsafe. This is not what breeding is about.”

Pet Fashion’s critics delivered 540 petition signatures, mainly from the Upper West Side, to shop owners to pressure the store to stop selling puppies. They are also planning a Nov. 28 protest in front of the store. Alongside the dogs, Pet Fashion sells high-end jewelry and dog collars that cost upwards of $200. The store opened on Columbus Avenue in September and has locations in Yonkers and on West 182nd Street and Broadway.

Pet Fashion’s Columbus Avenue manager, Ricky Abally, said the store does not sells puppies from mills.

“They’re not puppy mill puppies,” he said. “They’re from breeders registered with the [United States Department of Agriculture] and the Kennel Club.”

He said the puppies come from reputable breeders, are vaccinated and have microchips implanted. Anyone who buys a puppy gets complete information about the breeder and the puppy’s background.

Abally declined to show documented proof that the puppies are from breeders.

When told of the group’s planned protest, he responded, “I’ll buy them a cup of coffee.”

Charlie Hinckle, who helped collect signatures against Pet Fashion, scoffed at Abally’s claim that the store uses breeders.

“Of course he’s going to say that,” Hinckle said. “No reputable dealer will sell to a pet store.”

But selling puppies from mills is only one accusation against Pet Fashion. Jane Berger, part of the group of protesters, claims that she went to the branch on West 182nd Street and was offered a discount on a puppy if she paid cash to avoid sales tax. Louis, that store’s manager, who refused to give his last name, said he has not heard of this practice and that if any employee was offering customers puppies for cash, he would pay the sales tax regardless. Abally, the Columbus Avenue store manager, did not comment on that allegation.

Council Member Gale Brewer sent a letter to the state and city departments of taxation asking them to look in to the matter. The city’s tax department spokesperson said that its enforcement group is investigating.

Berger says her main goal is to educate Upper West Siders about the dangers of puppy mills.

“We don’t want there to be any puppies sold here,” she said. “It’s an endorsement of harm to animals.”

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  • katiec86

    I am disgusted a puppy store has opened in my neighborhood. ADOPT, ADOPT, ADOPT! How do I find out more information about the protest?

  • http://poppymckee.blogspot.com/ beth

    Where is info on how to add my name to the petition or participate in the November 28th protest?

  • http://poppymckee.blogspot.com/ beth

    Where can I find info on adding to that petition and/or participating in the 11/28 protest?

  • steflonaba

    How can you all be so ignorant! Can't you see that Neil Rosenblum, who owns Pet Stop is sour to see competition across the street. That's why he is wasting time and energy in bashing Pet Fashion. Yes they sell puppies…but if you bothered to get to know them you would see that the puppies are well taken care of and loved. There might be pet stores who get their puppies from puppy mills, but fashion is not one of them! Customers who have purchased a puppy from there have taken along with them the breeders information. I do not support puppies mills either! but i won't make false accusations towards someone without having proof and that is exactly what Mr. Roseblum has done…assumed the worse without getting to know their neighbor and welcoming them. Instead he's been spreading false rumors. Also understand that people will adopt and others will purchase, it is up to the person to decide and not to be judged if they do purchase.

  • sarah_c

    Would you all ever go and get a life. i know these people who own pet fashion and the puppies are NOT from puppy mills. you all have no right throwing accusations like that because you are just wasting your time on lies. and as for Pet Stop, there are just mad because they have competition. if the people on columbus want to shop in Pet Stop, they will, if they want to shop in Pet Fashion GET OVER IT

  • sarah_c

    would you all ever go and get a life. i know the people who own and run Pet Fashion and the puppies do NOT come from puppy mills. you have no right to be making accusations and destroying peoples reputation when you are basing you accusations on LIES. as for Pet Stop the are just mad because they have competition. if the people on columbus want to shop in Pet Stop or anywhere else, they will, but if they are shopping in Pet Fashion… GET OVER IT.

  • http://www.afrenchbulldog.com/ Wendy Faith Laymon

    Very sad, but the truth.. Most all puppy store puppies come from mills. :(

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  • brownstonemonkey

    I passed by this store today at 3pm – I'm so bothered by what I saw.
    The 5 puppies in the window were in direct sunlight. It's really hot out today, especially in the direct sun – without a shady spot to rest. The 1 water dish had very little water in it, was dirty and was full of shredded paper.
    I was walking by with my 2 year old son and noticed the pug puppy in the window panting heavily. (I have a pug – and it doesn't take much for this breed to get overheated).

    I walked into the store and told both employees that the puppies were hot and noticed that they didn't have enough water.
    I received a blank uncompassionate stare. The female employee looked at the dish and said “there is water, it's just full of paper.” She used her hand to remove the shredded paper – all 5 puppies charged for the water dish. I told them that they needed more water and shade. I mentioned that I have a pug and noticed that the puppy was overheated. They walked away from me.

    This store needs to be shut down. Those poor puppies.
    I am calling the ASPCA now to report was happened today.
    These puppies were literally cooking in the window of this store with a water dish full of shredded paper.

  • brownstonemonkey

    This store doesn't give a crap about the animals they are selling.
    I walked by Pet Fashion this aft with my son.

    The dogs were literally cooking in the window. It's hot our today – the window had no shade that I could see for the 5 puppies on display in the hot direct sunlight.
    To boot 5 puppies had very little water – and the water they did have had shredded paper in it.
    I have a pug – and the pug puppy was panting – this bread doesn't do well when it gets really warm.
    I had to stop and say something.
    Both employees gave had a look of disgust and a deeply uncompassionate stare when I told them the puppies were hot and needed water.
    The one employee scooped the shredded paper out of the almost empty water bowl. These are here words, “they have water, it just has paper in it”

    I am calling ASPCA.
    These puppies are not being taken care of.

    No store should sell an animal. Period.

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