In a recent blog post by Kitty Block (president of the Humane Society of the United States) and Sara Amundson (president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund) pet stores that sell dogs from puppy mills are seen as an increasing threat to public health. A recent new scientific investigation published this month by the Journal of the American Medical Association Network highlights this idea.

The authors surveyed “168 cases from public health reports” from 2011 to 2020 of patients suffering from Campylobacter infections and found that 97% of patients reported contact with a dog; of those, 88% had had contact with a pet store puppy specifically.

The article goes on to offer links to investigations into Petland, examples of specific incidents, and Petland responses can be found here: ‘Increasing public health threat’ from disease found in pet store puppies.

HSUS: ‘Increasing public health threat’ from disease found in pet store puppies