By Dave Matlow
The protesters were outside Puppies of Westport on Post Road West again today, as they have been on many previous Saturdays—much to the consternation of the owners who say their animals do not come from puppy mills.
Protesters were out again today in front of Puppies of Westport on Post Road West whose owner denies his animals come from puppy mills. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com
“We do not buy from puppy mills,” said Monty Kaufman, who with his wife Lauren, have operated the store at 420 Post Road West since July 2006.
He said the dogs in his store are acquired from independent breeders, all of whom are USDA-licensed in the mid-West where he said more than 90 percent of the breeding facilities are located.
Protester Dorrie Harris of Westport said “the bottom line for these protests is to raise awareness about where these pet store puppies are coming from—they are not sourced from some bucolic farm or raised by loving hand.”
She added: “They come from puppy mills—dreadful places where the dogs are kept in what any average Westporter would consider exceptionally inhumane and unhealthy conditions.”
Protesters try to get the attention of passersby today on Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monty Kaufman said his store has sold about 1,800 puppies since it opened with about one-third of the buyers living in Westport.
He said that he is in the process of calling every purchaser to inquire about satisfaction with the dogs acquired from Puppies of Westport.
“So far we have called 300 owners and all but one has been very satisfied,” he said.
At one point, about 17 protesters were outside the store today. Among their signs was one promoting a video at www.stoppuppymills.org and saying: “This store gets pups from the same mill.”