States crack down on puppy mills- and puppy imports are up

I am re-blogging this article because it is obvious to me that this is the expose before people start clamoring to make it far harder to do. Loaded phrases such as “Authorities fear”….. make me think there is a bias to the article.

Right now, all you need is a statement of health from a veterinarian to import a dog from Mexico, so this is something I have thought about. I am considering doing just that. Now I realize, I am not the only one.

What are some reasons people would want to do this besides to make a profit? Personally, I know Mexico well and would like to find a local xolo of the type I like. I have a lot of probes out and am willing to travel. I am not sure I want one that has been AKC bred for too many generations, but a coated xolo from a Mexican breeder is not as highly valued in Mexico as in the US. I also think I can get one with less hassle and politics than in the US.

Did you know that transporting animals between regional shelters is also done? Sometimes it is to meet the demand for certain dogs in certain areas. In other words, dog shelters need dogs as much as pet stores do!  When Tucson got overwhelmed by confiscating over 800 dogs from Wanda Jones, they had to send Chihuahuas to many other shelters, but some dogs are also moved around, according to demand. There isn’t a lot of information available about this as most things having to do with dog shelters are secret. Like where can one find out what they do with the dogs they killed. That is a bigger secret than photographing returning bodies from war.

If 100’s of 1,000’s of dogs are imported as the article alleges, there must be a demand! The dog shelters have the lock on  lost and found dogs and pet store dogs are from puppy farms- er I mean corporate breeding operations. There are two other alternatives; finding a backyard breeder and importing a dog. Here, I am 60 miles from Mexico and 600 from Los Angeles. If I go 600 miles into Mexico, I am practically out the other end! For me, it makes sense to look to Mexico for a Mexican breed.

At last count, 287,000 dogs crossed U.S. borders, and officials fear importation problems are getting worse



DVM NEWSMAGAZINE

NATIONAL REPORT — At last count, in 2006, 287,000 dogs crossed the United States’ borders, and veterinary officials fear the problem is getting worse.
Consumer demand for pure-bred and cross-bred puppies coupled with strict new domestic breeding laws is believed to be driving importation numbers even higher than four years ago. 

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