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Massive Lawsuit Filed Against Online Puppy Broker ‘Purebred Breeders’

Purebred Breeders, one of the country’s largest online seller of puppies is being sued by more than 60 dog owners from 20 different states, with hundreds more in line to join suit. The lawsuit against ‘Purebred Breeders’ states that the online broker is misleading customers and selling sick puppies from substandard breeders. WPTV.com, a South Florida news channel, reported on the lawsuit.

The Human Society of the United States, who also filed the lawsuit, spent three months capturing undercover video at the some of the company’s breeders. The video captured scenes of dogs stacked in wire cages and in filthy conditions, signs, they declared of puppy mills.

The Communications Director for Purebred Breeders, Kerry Rod, denies the accusations, claiming that of the thousands of dogs they’ve placed, the 61 complaints makes up a very small percentage. She said Purebred Breeders has a very strict screening process for its breeders, but when you’re dealing with live dogs, there are bound to be some issues.

In this video, from WPTV News, watch the story of one West Highland Terrier adopted from Purebred Breeders. Birdie, at 12-weeks of age, is already suffering from partial blindness and hip problems.

Have you ever adopted a dog from an online broker? Did your dog have any unusual health issues? The Humane Society is encouraging anyone that has adopted a sick dog from an online broker to fill out the following form: http://www.humanesociety.org/forms/puppy_buyer_complaint_form.html.

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  3. Mark

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Maybe it would reflect an honest discussion of these types of issues if you were to report that this HSUS lawsuit against Purebred Breeders was completely dismissed as the court found they allegations to be completely unfounded. Dog breeding is highly regulated at the State and Federal levels, and a very high percentage of dog breeders take great care of their dogs and deliver a great product to customers that want purebred or hybrid bred dogs. Just like there exists bad politicians, attorneys, doctors, and website operators, there exists a small % that are unlicensed and break the law. It is however completely unfair and reflects a biased agenda to accuse the rest of the industry of bad practices.

    Oh by the way, HSUS recently lost another big lawsuit to the Feld Corporation (Ringling Bros. Circus), and is defending multiple racketeering charges at the Federal level. So be careful as to who you label at the criminal.

    • Nancy Honeychuck

      Dec 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      When so many wonderful, sentient, living, feeling dogs and cats are killed every day due to being abandoned and ending up in overflowing shelters, it is simply wrong to be purposefully breeding and selling ( or buying) more whether conditions are good or not at the breeders. ADOPT, don’t shop! If you truly love animals, this is one of the the best ways to help stop the killing.

  4. Kristin Davis

    Nov 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Does anyone know how to join the lawsuit?

  5. Susan

    Jun 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I’m not surprised. The government needs to start regulating such facilities. These poor animals are suffering for profit 🙁

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