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Pet stores in New York caught buying animals from puppy mills

Despite claims of the contrary, more than 100 pet stories in New York were caught buying animals from puppy mills - inhumane, commercial large scale breeders that have often failed inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or have been cited for their violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act because of the conditions that the dogs are kept in.

These findings were a result of the Humane Society of the United States's (HSUS) latest hidden camera investigation, during which an HSUS investigator went under cover as a shopper and recorded sales staff at 11 New York City-area pet stores making false or misleading claims about where the puppies came from. Many specifically flaunt a "no puppy mill" policy, but the investigation found shipping documents that prove that the dogs were actually purchased from puppy mills in the Midwest.

In addition, hidden cameras at the puppy mills showed hundreds of dogs confined to small cages, receiving poor veterinary care and other inhumane practices. However, all commercial breeders must have USDA license and inspection in order to operate, according to NBC New York. Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan says that the federal oversight on these mills is too weak, and that this is to blame for the issue, not necessarily the pet stores.  
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