Pet Store Vows To Change Practices After CBS4 Investigation


YOU THE BIGGEST STORIES. IN PUEBLO COST IN BUT THE COST AND BUSH. IN DENVER, KELLY GARCIA. – – A LOCAL STORE IS PROMISING TO CHANGE PRACTICES AFTER IT WAS FOUND THAT THEY WERE PURCHASING PUPPIES REGULARLY FROM UNLICENSED OPERATORS. BRIAN SHOWS US HOW COLORADO DOG LOVERS ARE UNKNOWINGLY ENDING UP WITH DOGS – – THEY ARE ENDING UP WITH DOGS FROM BACKYARD BREEDERS AND PUPPY MILLS. WE WENT WITH AN UNDERCOVER CAMERA, TRYING TO GET ANSWERS FROM PEOPLE LIKE LINDA. SHE PURCHASED ANNIE FROM THIS PLACE IN WESTMINSTER. I FELL IN LOVE WITH MY PUPPY. I ADORE HER. Reporter: SHE ASKED WHERE HE CAME FROM, SHE NEVER, A STRAIGHT ANSWER. I ASKED WHERE THEY GET THEM FROM AND SHE SAID PRIVATE PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT PLACES. Reporter: DAYS LATER, THE DOG DIED OF A VIRAL INFECTION, PART OF. TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY ARE GETTING ANIMALS, WE WENT WITH AN UNDERCOVER CAMERA. WORKERS HERE SAID THAT THEY PURCHASED PUPPIES FROM SMALL BREEDERS AND PRIVATE CITIZENS WHO HAD UNWANTED PUPPIES. IS THIS A REAL BREEDER OR JUST SOME GUY? A PRIVATE GUY. THAT IS WHERE WE GET OUR DUCKS, PRIVATE PEOPLE. THEY JUST GIVE US DOGS. THEY JUST BRING THEM OVER. Reporter: THE OWNER SAID THAT SHE GOT LINDA’S DOG FROM A LOCAL FAMILY WITH PUPPIES. NICK FISHER SAID THAT IS ILLEGAL. THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED. Reporter: AFTER THE INVESTIGATION, THEY SAID THEY WILL STOP THE PRACTICE IMMEDIATELY. IN AURORA, WE MET SOME YELLOW LABS THAT WERE SELLING FOR $900 APIECE. AS FAR AS YOU KNOW, THEY ARE HEALTHY? YES. IS IT A BREEDER THAT YOU HAVE USED BEFORE? TYPICALLY US. Reporter: WE ASKED FOR MORE INFORMATION AND THE WORKERS SHOWED US THE FILES. THIS CAME FROM SHELLEY IN KANSAS. WE WENT BACK TO WORK AND FOUND THAT IN 2006, KANSAS SEIZED 90 DOCS BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT RECEIVING ENOUGH FOOD OR WATER. MORE RECENTLY, SHELLEY KERSHNER MADE THE HORRIBLE HUNDRED LIST FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY. IT IS A LIST OF PROBLEM FACILITIES THAT HAVE HAD REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF BASIC ANIMAL CARE STANDARDS. Reporter: WE FOUND UNSAFE CONDITIONS AND DOG SUFFERING A LACK OF CARE. THE OWNER CONFIRMED, SHE HAS PURCHASED HUNDREDS OF DOGS FROM SHELLEY KERSHNER AND SAID THAT THE LATEST INSPECTION WAS FREE OF VIOLATIONS. LINDA THINKS THAT ANIMAL BUYERS NEED TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS. I REALLY HAVE LEARNED THAT I NEED TO DO MY HOMEWORK. Reporter: BRIAN ROSS,

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