Little Wonders Puppy Emporium
15 Main St
Sayville, NY 11782
Date and time of CAPS investigation: 05/17/18, 14:40
Approximate number of dogs observed at time of investigation: about 35 puppies
Puppies were individually kept in enclosures with clear walls and shredded paper on solid floorings. Cage cards on enclosures showed source information for puppies. I spoke to two employees (Caucasian female, about 50 years old, 5’8”, 140 lbs, with long graying brown hair, put on blue-rimmed glasses to read cage cards, and had all fingernails painted a bright orange except her left ring finger nail which was painted silver, and a Caucasian female, about 45 years old, 5’4”, 130 lbs with long brown hair) who spoke to me either as a group or within earshot of each other as they gave me information.
The employees showed me a book containing pictures of kennels, which they said were the store’s breeders and represented how all of their breeders kept their kennels. The pictures showed dogs in open yards and large dog runs, and one facility which they said had heated indoor flooring. One of them then told me all of the kennels supplying the store have heated flooring for the indoor runs. Both employees told me the store’s breeders do not keep any dogs in cages, all the breeders skip breeding cycles, and by age seven all breeding females are spayed and retired. They claimed the USDA and ASPCA inspects the breeders and made a comment that their store is the only store in the tri-state area that the USDA noted as having no violations, and that the USDA gave their store an “one hundred percent approval rating.”
The employees also told me that the store has a veterinarian that customers can reach twenty-four hours a day on a personal cell phone.
They then told me their breeders’ dogs spend all day outdoors, and only go into their kennels at night. They then reiterated that breeders’ female dogs are spayed at age seven, but this time claimed that is a USDA requirement.
I pointed out that some cage cards have A and B licenses noted for individual puppies, and they claimed the B license was for a delivery service. They insisted that the broker J.A.K.’s, which I saw on several cage cards next with A licensees noted as well, was a delivery service who has a veterinary technician on board the puppy van at all times during shipments.
Evidence of false statements and misrepresentations of breeders by store:
An employee’s claim that the ASPCA inspects breeders is false, since the ASPCA does not do inspections of USDA-licensed facilities. The claim that the USDA gave the store an “one hundred percent approval rating” is false since there is no approval rating the USDA gives any licensed facility and the agency does not license and inspect pet shops. The claim that the USDA requires breeding female dogs to be spayed at age seven is false, since USDA has no such requirement. The claim that B licensees are transportation services is false since B-licensees are licensed to purchase and resell puppies.
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- Juanita Kimbrough, MO, 43-A-5788 (Havanese)
- Alisa Breedlove, MO, 43-A-4023 (Shipoo)
- Rebecca Eiler, KS, 48-A-2176 (Shipoo; Chihuahua, Dachshund, Morkie)
- David Nisley, WI, 35-A-0297; J.A.K.’s Puppies, IA, 42-B-0271 (Maltipoo)
- Chris Mast, MO, 43-A-6181; J.A.K.’s Puppies, IA, 42-B-0271 (Schnoodle, Havapoo, Westie)
- Cole Gordon, OH, 31-A-0530 (Shorkie, Shih Tzu, Yellow Lab, )
- Carol Stoner, MO, 43-A-5477; Pinnacle Pet, MO, 43-B-3750 (Lhasa)
- Gealea Nicholes, IA, 42-B-0294 (Woodle) (Michelle Kruse has change her name)
- Cindy R Johnson, OK, 73-A-2169; Karen Buffalo, OK, 73-B-1843 (English Bulldog)
- John Swary, OH, 31-A-0565; J.A.K.’s Puppies, IA, 42-B-0271 (Boxer)