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Last Saturday, Mary & Albert Zentz, commercial dog breeders in the small city of Hurdland, in northern Missouri, auctioned off their business of 25 years. At auction was a trailer used to transport dogs, dozens of wire cages and wooden pens, and 133 dogs between the ages of 6 months and 10 years. Many of the dogs at auction were pregnant, including a five-year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Phebe. According to the auction catalog, “She is missing part of her back leg, her mom chewed it when she was born.” Also up for sale was ten-year-old Marylou, whose most notable feature was, “She has had several litters of 4 & 5 pups.”

On the website of the auction house, Judy Norford, owner of the Puppy Palace pet stores in Hollywood and Boynton Beach, praised the Zentz Kennel as one of her “cherished breeders.”

In recent years, numerous complaints have been filed against Puppy Palace, accusing the store of selling puppies with serious diseases, genetic disorders and other health problems. In 2006, Puppy Palace settled a lawsuit filed by several customers who purchased puppies from Puppy Palace, only to discover the puppies were sick with bronchitis and pneumonia. Several puppies died shortly after purchase. The Better Business Bureau has given Puppy Palace an “F” rating.

Unfortunately, there are many puppy mills in Missouri and elsewhere in the country ready to fill Puppy Palace’s orders for puppies.

Speak up! Coincidentally, on Saturday there was a peaceful demonstration outside Puppy Palace in Hollywood (5909 Hollywood Blvd.). Your help is needed to raise awareness about puppy mills and to encourage shoppers to adopt from local shelters instead of buying a dog. Contact ARFF for details of future demonstrations at Puppy Palace and other pet stores in Florida.

3 Responses to “Maybe the future of the puppy business isn’t as bright as it used to be?”

  1. on 14 Nov 2010 at 5:12 pm NONEYA

    PUPPY PALACE HAS AN A+ FROM THE BBB. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

  2. on 25 Sep 2011 at 3:19 pm Lee Vinoski

    I purchased my maltese from Puppy Palace on 1/18/2000 and he has been a very healthy and happy dog. His breeder was Mary Zentz, parents “Sparkling Diamond” and “My Michele” After reading some of the comments I know I was lucky to adopt a healthy pet. My heart goes out to those who weren’t so lucky. It is heartbreaking to know that this goes on. I will never buy from a puppy store again…..adoption is the only way.

  3. on 04 May 2012 at 2:15 pm Michele L.

    I purchased my Maltese from Puppy Palace in 2004 and he has been sick with a congenital defect and is on medicine everyday. I was one of the protestors against this hell-hole and continue to tell people NEVER to buy from them or any other store.
    I just passed the ordinance in Hallandale Beach to stop the sales of any puppy mill dogs. We joined the list of 15 other US cities and soon LA County that says you can only get your dogs from shelter, rescue or on-site breeder. I am now helping people in Hollywood pass a similar ordinance. I cannot wait until people learn the truth about pets shops and puppy mills and STOP BUYING DOGS.
    Come volunteer at the Broward County Animal Shelter and see the HUNDREDS of dogs we have for adoption. I don’t know how the owners and employees of Puppy Palace live with themselves knowing that they are profiting off of the backs of sick and suffering innocent beings. They should hide their faces in SHAME.

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