CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — If you’re planning on bringing home a new puppy soon or perhaps giving one for the holidays as a gift, there are some things you should know before you make your purchase.
The South Carolina chapter of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is advocating for laws that would restrict the sale of dogs in pet stores. Animal advocates are concerned about the breeding of dogs in inhumane conditions.
Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral, state director of HSUS, says she encourages people to consider adoption as a first resort. She says this is because the animals are usually already checked and are often spayed and neutered.
However, if you’re considering buying a dog, she recommends doing your research and asking to see where the pup and mother were raised.
“It will help you train and socialize your pup, but also know that your pup comes from a safe and healthy environment,” Gilmore-Futeral says.
She says the HSUS has seen an increase in reports nationwide of animals being sold that come from inhumane conditions like puppy mills.
Gilmore-Futeral says that in some cases, hundreds or sometimes thousands of puppies are raised and contagious diseases could spread.
“They tend to be born in a box, parents live in wire cages for most of their lives, and they lack the socialization that helps them become really good family members,” Gilmore Futeral said.
The HSUS is pushing for pet store laws to restrict the sale of puppies in stores, but still allow in-store adoptions.
The HSUS is hosting a “Stop Puppy Mills” workshop. They hope more people in the community will advocate for local and state laws to protect animals.
The workshop is open to the public. It’s December 14 at the Charleston School of Law from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Registration is $10 and includes lunch. You can register here, but places are limited.
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