Shocking Undercover Investigation Exposes Horrific Conditions Inside 'Boutique' New York Pet Store

27/7/2017

An undercover investigation carried out by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) uncovered shocking conditions inside the boutique style NYC pet store Chelsea Kennel Club.

Source: Dogzone NYC

The high-end store, who sold puppies for up to $4000, was investigated for over two months after a member of HSUS was employed by them. She captured shocking footage showing the neglect that the puppies endured with a hidden camera.Shockingly, she uncovered an 'isolation' room in which sick and injured puppies were kept, far away from the eyes of customers.

Source: Humane Society of the United States

John Goodwin of HSUS explained the neglect that these sick animals suffered:

The Chelsea Kennel Club, instead of taking animals to the veterinarian when they needed immediate medical care, would delay and give the dogs things like aspirin, or Robitussin, or bird antibiotics.

The Chelsea Kennel Club has also been accused of not informing buyers of puppies' medical conditions and histories. HSUS alleges that staff removed documents about illnesses from their files to hide this information, in direct violation of the New York Pet Lemon Law.

Source: Humane Society of the United States

HSUS also utilized a number of secret shoppers to conduct their investigation. One member purchased a Shiba Inu puppy, who was sold as perfectly healthy. However, Goodwin recounts that this was not at all the case:

We got her home and she had bronchitis, it evolved and became pneumonia and her new veterinarian said that this little Shiba Inu puppy may have permanent lung scarring as a result.

Videos from the hidden camera also show rough behavior towards the puppies, including hitting them with towels and holding them down to show dominance.

Source: Humane Society of the United States

However, the store denies these claims, and responded in a statement:

It’s easy to make anyone look bad if that is the intention, especially with puppies. I have been working for 30 years to build reputation of special pet shop with trained employee to give the best health care for the puppies. Just because in a few months we had some puppies that doesn’t feel well doesn’t mean we don’t treat the puppies well.

The HSUS explains how this revelation is indicative of a larger problem in the pet industry. All too often pet stores receive their animals from puppy mills where dogs are kept in confined and dirty conditions, leading to illness in many cases.

Source: Humane Society of the United States

Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.If you live in England, you can visit theRSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit theASPCAto get more information about pets available for adoption.To support the HSUS and help them to continue their work in the fight for animal welfare, you can make a donation by clicking here. You can also take their pledge to help stop puppy mills here.Watch the video of the undercover investigation below:[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ip0zK27wSU[/embed]