Close the Puppy Parlor

  • by: Kyle Huba
  • target: Puppy Parlor of 4707 Main St. Lisle, Il

The Puppy Parlor in Lisle, owned by Tammy Coglianese, supports puppy mill establishments. Records show that the Puppy Parlor has done business with several of these establisments. A simple Google search of Ms. Coglianese shows she was suspended of all AKC privlilages for ten (10) years in 1999. In 2008, Ms. Coglianese lost all her AKC privilages permanently. Recently, it was discovered that Ms. Coglianese is housing numerous dogs in cages stacked on top of eachother. It is believed she is breeding these dogs. Last year 108 dogs and puppies were quarentined  due to an outbreak of the Parvo virus. It is clear that she should not be allowed to be making money off of this.


Lisle shouldn't support or house this business any longer.

What is a puppy mill? :
Puppy mills are legal large-scale dog breeding operations where dogs are bred for profit and puppies are mass produced. Dogs are considered "livestock" in the eyes of the USDA so puppy mills are legal.

According to The Humane Society United States, 99% of pet shop puppies come from puppy mills."

There are approximately 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. These commercial "dog mating" facilities supply our nations pet stores, sell directly to the public through beautiful disguised  websites  as well as through newspaper ads, and Ebay.

Pet stores, newspaper ads or web sites selling dogs will tell you anything to sell a puppy.

      • Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded unsanitary conditions. These poor breeding dogs live their lives without adequate vet care, food, water, and socialization.

      • They are usually kept in all wire cages that can be stacked in columns.

      • Breeding dogs may live their lives in cages exposed to extreme hot and cold or they may live in an enclosed barn never to see the outdoors.

      • Finally, when these poor breeding dogs can no longer produce a profitable litter, they are either killed or sold at auction.

Illinois new pet store law became effective January 1, 2011. This LAW requires that each pet have a full disclosure card on its cage or very close to where the pet is housed. This disclosure card must state such things as:

      • Microchip number

      • Full price, including adoption fees or any other applicable fees

      • Information on the breed, sex and age of the dog

      • The breeders name and address

      • Information on the pedigree of the pet, including registration numbers

      • Any dates or reasons the pet was returned

      • Any and all medical history before or during the time the store or shelter had the pet

Many puppies and adult dogs are sold in pet stores where consumers are often misled into thinking they come from small and/or local/home breeders when in fact the animals come from commercial breeding facilities often referred to as puppy mills or puppy brokers.


How can you tell the difference between a puppy mill and a "good breeder"? :
In order to make money, a puppy mill operates differently than a responsible, humane breeder. The list below describes characteristics that indicate a breeder is operating as a commercial enterprise, or puppy mill instead of breeding as a hobby:

      • The breeder has several breeds of dogs for sale at the same time.

      • The breeder offers to ship dogs to new owners, without meeting you first.

      • The breeder will not allow customers to view their property or kennel.

      • The breeder does not require an application or references from people buying a puppy.

      • The breeder does not ask buyers to return the dog or contact them if at any point in the dog's life if the owners cannot keep the dog.

      • The breeder has a very large kennel. Owning fifty to several hundred dogs is typical.

      • The breeder breeds females every time they come into heat.

      • The breeder is USDA-licensed so they can sell puppies to pet stores. A USDA license is a red flag that a breeder is in the business to make money.

      • The breeder does not screen his or her dogs for genetic defects   

Taken from: 

AKC's Guidelines / Rules & Regulations:

Deficiencies in the Care and Condition of Dogs (April 1996 Board meeting)
When in the course of routine on-site records inspections, AKC Inspectors discover dogs in a clearly compromised condition (including, but not limited to, dogs that are grossly underweight, severely dehydrated, with serious untreated injuries or having severe external parasitic infestation), AKC Investigators may then initiate referral of AKC privileges for conduct prejudicial to the best interests of purebred dogs. (A referral places an administrative hold on an individual's AKC registration privileges.) The referral process shall include provisions for offenders to be timely notified, in writing, of specific deficiencies, as well as minimum acceptable actions required to correct each deficiency. Offenders shall be given 45 days to correct deficiencies with the possibility of ending the referral by request and passing a complete reinspection.

In cases where deficiencies are not corrected or reinspections are not requested, the AKC may proceed with disciplinary action leading to suspension of all AKC privileges. When suspensions occur, agencies shall be notified by AKC (and whenever, during the above process, dogs are found in conditions that place them in immediate danger, agencies with jurisdiction shall be notified at once).

Note: These guidelines (adapted from drafts produced by Investigations and Inspections) are intended to help individuals correct deficiencies that have triggered notification of animal care agencies under current AKC policy and/or to help those people whose AKC registration privileges have been placed on referral because of such deficiencies. They are not meant to serve as minimum standards for breeding facilities, but rather as a basis for helping individuals correct specific deficiencies found during routine inspections.

A. Kennel Conditions (Housing) 
1. The shelter must be large enough so the dogs can sit, stand, lie down or turn around comfortably, with no overcrowding.
2. The shelter shall be constructed and maintained so that dogs are securely confined and the shelter does not cause injury to the dogs.
3. Protection from adverse weather conditions must be provided.
4. Dogs must have access to daily exercise.
5. If wire is used, it must be an appropriate size for the breed to prevent injury, especially to feet. 

B. Kennel Conditions (General) 
1. Dogs should have access to fresh water on a daily basis.
2. Dog food should be fresh and appropriate. 
3. Feces should be picked up and disposed of as frequently as necessary so as to not pose a threat to the health of the dogs.
4. Dogs should have access to a play area on a daily basis. 

C. Deficiencies in the Condition of Dogs 
1. Dogs at immediate risk. 
2. Grossly underweight dogs. 
3. Serious wounds that require veterinary care, but appear untreated.
4. Obvious, severe external parasitic infestation.
5. Collars that are too tight. 
6. Severe skin lesions. 

These guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive or definitive, but rather to serve as a working outline that can be expanded and refined as needed while lending uniform application to this policy.

The above is in addition to the policy adopted at the July 1990 Board meeting to notify federal, state or local agencies of unsanitary and/or unhealthy conditions found by AKC field agents during inspections/investigations of kennels; that the US Department of Agriculture (APHIS) will be notified when such conditions prevail at kennels regulated by that department under the provisions of the U.S. Animal Welfare Act; and that other state/local governmental or humane agencies will be notified when such conditions are observed at kennels not regulated by federal law.

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