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Mall Puppy Store Back on State’s Good Side

But locals continue to protest the area’s newest pet shop.

American Dog Club at Smith Haven Mall. Credit: Jennifer Sloat
American Dog Club at Smith Haven Mall. Credit: Jennifer Sloat

A new pet shop in the Smith Haven Mall has passed its recent state inspections after being cited in May for not logging veterinary care for several sick puppies in the shop.

State inspectors visited the American Dog Club soon after its May opening, and according to the state reports, four sick puppies were in isolation without documentation supporting treatment deemed by a veterinarian, a critical violation.

“Animals were being treated by the store while awaiting a visit from the veterinarian,” said Joseph Morrissey, spokesman for the New York State Department of Agriculture.

Then, after making necessary adjustments, the store passed its June 4 follow-up inspection.

“A treatment plan was established for the animals and signed by the store’s vet, bringing them back into compliance,” said Morrissey.

Store owner Elliot Gordon said the puppies were put in the isolation area and were being treated as they awaited a visit from the vet.

“If they get sick, we isolate and treat and in a few days it’s gone,” said Gordon, who also owns a shop in Roslyn and has been in business for 18 years. “They get better treatment from us than they would from a shelter.”

Barbara Dennihy, who represents the Companion Animal Protection Society, said she believes the Department of Agriculture has a low standard and would like to see local municipalities given the authority to regulate pet shops like American Dog Club.

“Essentially they are required to come in once a year,” said Dennihy. “They can’t keep up with what is happening in these stores.” According to Dennihy, local municipalities cannot enact, enforce or inspect pet dealers or retail puppy stores. This is true, since these shops fall under the purview of state inspectors, much like supermarkets do.

Gordon said he gets all of his dogs from breeders certified by the United States Department of Agriculture and that his store is one of the good ones.

“There are some really bad stores out there. We do a really good job,” he said.

Morrissey said his agency will continue to work with this store to make sure they remain in compliance with state standards. The next inspection will likely happen in December.

Gordon said he stands by the dogs he sells in his shop.

“The one thing we don’t want to do is sell bad puppies. We are a business,” he said.

Fitzy June 26, 2013 at 07:14 AM
My problem is the puppies in the tiny window fronts, how can that be humane???
Please Adopt June 26, 2013 at 08:23 AM
It is NO surprise that they failed an inspection already. It has already been confirmed by the Humane Society that they did purchase from a puppy mill. What also isn't mentioned in the article is that Elliot Gordon refuses to divulge where he gets his puppies from, after being asked repeatedly on the Smith Haven Mall Facebook page and directly via email. Why? Because he says himself, it's a business. And if more people know the deplorable conditions that these animals come from, his client base will dry up. It also doesn't mention that NY passed a Puppy Mill Bill this week that WILL enable local government to control pet dealers and pet stores just like this one. For anyone who wants to learn more, visit Susan Lask's page on Facebook as she is the driving force behind this effort.
Please Adopt June 26, 2013 at 08:23 AM
It is NO surprise that they failed an inspection already. It has already been confirmed by the Humane Society that they did purchase from a puppy mill. What also isn't mentioned in the article is that Elliot Gordon refuses to divulge where he gets his puppies from, after being asked repeatedly on the Smith Haven Mall Facebook page and directly via email. Why? Because he says himself, it's a business. And if more people know the deplorable conditions that these animals come from, his client base will dry up. It also doesn't mention that NY passed a Puppy Mill Bill this week that WILL enable local government to control pet dealers and pet stores just like this one. For anyone who wants to learn more, visit Susan Lask's page on Facebook as she is the driving force behind this effort.
citizencage June 26, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Do not support American Dog Club. There is nothing humane about a pet store. They do their best to control the spin, but it's all a smokescreen designed to blind us to the realities of animal abuse. Support animal shelters instead.
Please Adopt June 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM
It is NO surprise that they failed an inspection already. It has already been confirmed by the Humane Society that they did purchase from a puppy mill. What also isn't mentioned in the article is that Elliot Gordon refuses to divulge where he gets his puppies from, after being asked repeatedly on the Smith Haven Mall Facebook page and directly via email. Why? Because he says himself, it's a business. And if more people know the deplorable conditions that these animals come from, his client base will dry up. It also doesn't mention that NY passed a Puppy Mill Bill this week that WILL enable local government to control pet dealers and pet stores just like this one. For anyone who wants to learn more, visit Susan Lask's page on Facebook as she is the driving force behind this effort.
Dog Lover June 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM
According to Elliot Gordon, they get their puppies from Platinum Puppies, LLC. You can view his testimonial here: http://www.myplatinumpuppies.com/contact-us Platinum Puppies is a puppy broker that uses Kandy Hale as their "Breeder Consultant". ON May 10, 2012 the USDA report states that Randy Hale (partners with Kandy Hale) had a total of 557 dogs and puppies at their Missouri facility, Puppy Paradise. They were in in non compliance for two items.
ShelterDogOwner June 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM
This - and all puppy stores - should be closed. No puppy or dog should be a "business" when coming from mills...end of story. With all of the puppys and dogs in numerous shelters on Long Island... there should be no need for stores to purchase a pet... you can rescue one of all sizes, ages and breeds. SHAME on Simthaven Mall, American Dog Club and Elliot Gordon...Shame on you.
Please Adopt June 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Why are pet stores and puppy mills bad? Please educate yourselves, there is a TON of information out there. Here's a good resource: http://nopetstorepuppies.com/puppy-mills-are-cruel
stephanie abbels June 26, 2013 at 11:19 AM
When I passed this store I was so upset. They had the puppies in small glass pens with hot lights on them - this is at the front of the store - I couldn't even go in because I was so sad for these dogs. I don't see how this is humane. I hope this store closes soon as it is very disturbing to see these puppies being treated like lifeless objects would be. Is there a place where we can protest this store?
barbara d June 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM
557 dogs at the facility How can those dogs possibly be treated humanly? Exercised daily, vetted properly, ? Doubtful . USDA has a low standard of care for breeding dogs. If 557 breeding dogs were vetted properly the mill would go bankrupt . Anyone with dogs knows how expensive veterinary care is. Shame on all puppy stores that boast they use USDA inspected kennels. They are just fooling customers who do not know the failure of the USDA when it comes to protecting breeding dogs.
Jennifer June 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Count me in on any protest! Thumbs down to American Dog Club...in a mall, no less!
Kristie M June 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Why not write about the LIVESTOCK guidelines last updated in 1966 that the USDA uses and the fact that one violation probably affects every single dog in the puppy mill. The USDA doesn't license neighborhood breeders. It licenses large-scale, livestock-size puppy mills. Breeding parents are considered livestock and get less care than what we eat. This is what the USDA is all about: http://huntington.patch.com/groups/kristie-ms-blog/p/bp--the-midwest-to-li-puppy-trail Jennifer, I hate to be rude, but please do your homework on the source of these puppies and write another article.
Kristie M June 26, 2013 at 01:05 PM
The "good side" is 37 dogs in 77 degree temperatures and blaming the HVAC work. Why would you stock 37 puppies if you knew the AC wasn't working? What do you think the temp was yesterday and what excuse du jour did he use? http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/petdealer/InspRpt/906__2013_6_4.pdf
Kristie M June 26, 2013 at 01:08 PM
If he's been in business forever, he knows the proper protocol for vet care and should never be non-complaint. Oh wait, he doesn't care where the puppies come from or who buys them so why would he care about something silly like regulations and vet care?
Please Adopt June 26, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Stephanie and Jennifer, please "Like" this page I created to house relevant information and events protesting the pet store: https://www.facebook.com/petstoreprotest
Kristie M June 26, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Eliot, you're lying again. The USDA doesn't certify anything. It is not a stamp of approval. It is a $30-$750 annual fee. One inspection per year and often poorly done, by the USDA's own admission. No matter how many violations or how much neglect and death occurs, the USDA is not allowed to shut them down. Anyone who considers buying a puppy without MEETING the parents is crazy. Just Google puppy mills. The NYS Attorney General is on to all these stores!
Jillian O'Connor June 26, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I can't wait to see what effects the puppy mill bill will have on places like this. You can spout USDA and AKC certified until you're blue in the face, but those words mean nothing to me. The regulations set forth by the AKC are pathetic so while his operation might pass for "legal", this doesn't make this establishment any less morally bankrupt. And thank you to Kristie M for bringing light to the USDA "certification."
Shannon Rooney Cordova July 15, 2013 at 03:12 PM
People need to ADOPT, not SHOP. The parents of these puppies come from PUPPY MILLS....
Ladajah Tawakoni February 24, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Boycott Smithaven Mall!

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