Marketplace update: PJ's Pets to stop selling puppies
Our March 2009 investigation, "How Not to Buy a Puppy" uncovered health and behaviour problems with puppies purchased from large Canadian retail pet outlets, including PJ's Pets.
The Marketplace investigation showed that some puppies sold at Canadian retail outlets have a sick and secret history -- coming from puppy mills, large puppy broker operations or less than ideal breeders.
At the time of our investigation, we profiled the case of one puppy purchased at PJ's Pets in Toronto.
The puppy had serious, and expensive health issues and the puppy's owner eventually traced its origins back to a questionable breeder in the USA.
While PJ's Pets declined Marketplace's invitation to be interviewed at the time, in writing, the company defended the sale of puppies at their outlets and assured us that its puppies are all sourced from reputable breeders.
PJ's has been selling puppies for 40 years. The retail chain will focus more attention on boosting adoption efforts in conjunction with local shelters.