What Largo's Saying: Pet Sales at Flea Markets
A story about the sale of dogs at area flea markets like Wagon Wheel got Patch readers talking. What's your opinion?
A recent Largo Patch story about the sale of dogs at area flea markets like Wagon Wheel sparked quite a reaction from readers.
Below are just some of the comments on our story, Pet Sales at Flea Markets: 'Animal Cruelty' or Misunderstood?
What do you think? Should Mitch Pelletier be allowed to sell puppies at the flea market? Post your own comment below or go here to share your opinion in our poll.
Cindy: As a professional dog trainer, I am appalled that this has been allowed to go on. No reputable breeder would ever force young puppies to endure the heat, noise and frightening environment that this man has.
D.j. Palumbo: its too hot for people can u imagine having fur on? this is cruelty and not so sure he not breeding if he seems to always have puppies.
D: I bought a dog from him last March and it is the best dog that I have ever had. Cooper is a half english bull dog and half brown boxer. The dog was very clean and healthy dog with papper work on all the shots that he had so far. I have owned dogs my whole life and could not be happier with the animal I purchased.
Belinda Blease: bottom line as well, pet over population!! the only reason these morons are breeding is for money! SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOMES FOR THEM ALL!
Tina Marie: There is a VERY GOOD REASON so many other states have woken up and BANNED the sales of animals at outdoor markets and the like. It's a shame that Floriduh turns a blind eye to obvious cruelty in the name of the almighty dollar.
Sheila Leagas: People go to flea markets to purchase anything from clothing to fruit and veg to kids toys. Buying a puppy is a huge 10-15 year commitment that needs much thought and planning before the purchase. The public buy these poor puppies on a whim, cos they are cute. 8 out of 10 of these puppies will not be spayed or neutered and will be abandoned at the animal services adding to the huge overpopulation in Florida.
L Sap: As a former animal rescuer, I can say that the pet overpopulation is a scare tactic to stop people from breeding their dogs. Dogs go to shelters because of behavior or owner ignorance not because there are too many dogs. At one point there were so few dogs that were suitable for adoption that rescuers were getting dogs from other states.