These days it seems that no one, nor any "certifications" can be trusted. We have to be looking out for the welfare of our animals at every turn.
Recently, a Los Angeles pet store, Pets of Bel Air, was accused by the Humane Society of purchasing its "not so cheap" puppies from puppy mills. The store promptly posted a statement on its website explaining that not only were its dogs were purchased from pet breeders approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but also that it relied on the USDA to inspect the breeders and their premises.
Kim Campbell Thornton, columnist of the Creature Comforts on MSNBC.com dug a little deeper and discovered USDA breeders licenses really don't carry much weight. USDA minimum standards for housing and exercise are essentially bare bones.
Read more in her column on this topic, or click on "Continue reading" below for her "10 Signs of a Good Pet Breeder".
I hope that this is helpful to those of you who cherish your favorite breed.