Fairwood Pet Center
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd
Renton, WA 98058
(360) 851-1170

Date and time of CAPS investigation: 09/15/20; 2:55

Approximate number of dogs observed at time of investigation: approximately 11 puppies

Puppies were in several kennels in a closed off but visible area in the back of the store. Each kennel had a sign that listed the dogs breed but did not offer any other information. The flooring of each kennel was metal that was raised over a plastic tray. Several of the kennels contained two dogs but only a single water bottle and bed. Each kennel appeared to have one or two pieces of enrichment in the form of a ball or Kong toy. There was a small play area on the concrete floor in front of the kennels that contained two puppies. 

The investigator approached an employee (Caucasian male, about 20 years old, 5’10”, 170 lbs., with short brown hair) and inquired about a Maltese mix in one of the kennels. The employee explained that, because of the pandemic, any contact with the puppies would have to be after a $1,000 deposit and had to be scheduled ahead of time. The Maltese mix would cost $4,900. He indicated that they only use local Washington state breeders that are USDA licensed.

There appear to be only three dog breeders out of 13 “A” licensed. One breeds Cavaliers and Cavalier mixers. The other two breed Doodles. They all seem to sell online. There is one breeders of British breed purebred cats, who also seems to only sell online. Only one of the seven “B” licensed dealers is a dog breeder. He breeds German Shepherds and also appears to limit his sales to online.

The employee firmly stated that they do not give any information until after the sale. He explained that the privacy was necessary to maintain the safety of their breeders. He also indicated that the breeders did not raise their dogs in homes and had separate facilities. 

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