Mr. Morton 's assertions about rescue dogs are a desperate attempt to deflect from the real issue. That is that NJ pet stores have, for many years, sold over-priced, sub-quality and inhumanely bred puppies. Until so-called "over zealous/extremists" successfully lobbied the NJ legislature to require pet stores to divulge their sources of puppies, the industry was happy to keep customers "in the dark." No wonder because a well researched investigation (utilizing USDA records) revealed a shocking pattern: that most NJ pet stores were buying puppies from breeders with horrific Animal Welfare Act violations.
This year the NJ legislature had to ban sub prime pet store leases which tripled the price of a puppy in pet stores. The latest? These stores now offer loans at an interest rate of 151%. We are working on stopping those usury rate loans.
Finally, no one knows better than the author above, Mr. Morton, about puppy mill puppies and disreputable rescue. This year the Iowa Attorney General confirmed that Mr. Morton's Adoption Center, located in his retail store, was purchasing puppies from a puppy laundering ring operated by Hobo K9 Rescue a/k/a Puppy broker JAKS Puppies.
There are myriad of reputable breeders throughout our state where puppies may be purchased in a face-to-face transaction from the breeder direct. There are equally many shelters and reputable rescue organizations that adopt out wonderful pets. There no longer a need for pet store puppies.
Friends of Animals United - NJ