This bullshit has always been the case, and even more so now that California has outlawed the SALES of ANY dog or puppy, and more—-such as kittens or rabbits by any retail store. ONLY rescues and non profits can sell the animals in a pet store?
“One rescuer, Jessica Land, who helps operate Dog Ranch Rescue and Lone Star Dog Ranch in Texas, paid $8,750 for a pregnant French bulldog at Southwest, an invoice shows. Land declined to comment for this article.” UH HUH. NO SURPRISE to us. Zero.
Here is an excerpt:
An effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that today sees some rescuers, fueled by Internet fundraising, paying breeders $5,000 or more for a single dog. The result is a river of rescue donations flowing from avowed dog saviors to the breeders, two groups that have long disparaged each other. The rescuers call many breeders heartless operators of inhumane “puppy mills” and work to ban the sale of their dogs in brick-and-mortar pet stores. The breeders call “retail rescuers” hypocritical dilettantes who hide behind nonprofit status while doing business as unregulated, online pet stores. But for years, they have come together at dog auctions where no cameras are allowed, with rescuers enriching breeders and some breeders saying more puppies are being bred for sale to the rescuers.
RESCUERS BUY DOGS FROM BREEDERS AT AUCTIONS
Documents obtained by an industry source reveal a shadow market:
The dog rescuers put the puppies up for adoption as rescue dogs.
Commercial breeders produce specialty puppy breeds.
—- > The breeders sell their puppies at auctions, often to rescue groups.
The customer may not know the dog was bought at an auction.
“I’m not going to lie about this: Rescue generates about one-third, maybe even 40 percent of our income,” says Bob Hughes, Southwest’s owner……
“It’s been big for 10 years.”
……LIKE WE HAVE LONG, LONG, SAID……. this has been known/stated by us and continuously, over and over and over, apparently to deaf ears….
[NOTE: because there are NO Petland stores in CA, CA was able to pass the law. However, in any state where Petland has a bunch of stores, it is highly doubtful that such a law could be implemented. In Nevada, where there is one Petland store, the law to outlaw such sales (which was passed) was recently clawed back.]
Example: PET STORES CANNOT SELL THESE DOGS in pic below, BUT NON PROFITS AND RESCUES CAN SELL THEM ALL DAY LONG. THE TRUTH IS THAT COMMERCIAL KENNEL DOGS ALMOST NEVER ENTER A SHELTER, EVER, EVER, EVER. AND IF THEY DO–THEY ARE SNATCHED UP IMMEDIATELY.
The solution would be to make it illegal for any non profit or rescue to SELL any animal that did not come from an animal shelter. We can guarantee that at least 50% of them would be out of business in 6 months.
SELLING—- IT’S ONLY “OK” IF THE “RESCUES” OR ALLEGED “501(c)(3)” groups do it, they pay NO taxes, and there are almost NO LAWS THAT REGULATE rescues in California.
The federal 501(c)(3) exemption does not control rescues specifically, they must actually have a 501(c)(3) to get the tax exemption to begin with. So what the rescues actually do in procuring their COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS–is nothing different than if the actual breeder went out and bought the dog. Then if the breeders breed more of such dogs to gain more of market share, it’s obvious that just because someone buys it from a RESCUE instead of the breeder—the only person that really gains is the RESCUE because they don’t pay taxes.
We got permission from CA attorney to publish the commercial vs shelter-humane-rescue grid comparison. It may not be exactly correct, but we are pretty sure that if we took it to some attorneys that do lawsuits on this for a living, they would be able to make a pretty good argument for it. It has never made sense that the “rescue” racketeers should outlaw something– BUT— then make a law that allows them to procure, without any restraint, the products that they have outlawed for bona fide businesses, and then regulate that, and then to be able to sell such products for themselves, and then also–they pay no tax.
We dont have the PDF ready but will put it up tomorrow.