Animal advocates protest Springfield pet store


Animal advocates stood out in the rain today to speak out against puppy mills. 

The Western Massachusetts Animal Rights Advocates and the Massachusetts Coalition to End Puppy Mills gathered this afternoon to protest a new pet store that’s moving to Springfield.

After closing it’s West Springfield location, “The Puppy Place” has opened a new location on Boston Road.

One protester, Linda Murphy, told 22News the goal of Saturday’s protest is to educate consumers about purchasing animals from pet stores. 

Murphy said, “There’s copious documentation to show that the breeders that get they get their puppies from have long histories of violations. Parents dogs are kept in the cage for their whole lives just to produce a product for the pet store to sell.”

The Western Massachusetts Animal Rights Advocates say they are in the process of submitting an ordinance to the city of Springfield that would ban the retail sale of dogs.

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