All in the Name of Greed

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on October 12, 2011

They didn’t know their puppies were sick. They didn’t know they were supporting puppy mills when they purchased their new companions. In fact, each family was explicitly assured that their puppy was from a reputable breeder and was healthy.

Yet tragically, an untold number of puppies purchased from Barkworks, a Southern California pet store chain, began experiencing health problems — such as pneumonia, ear infections, and other life-threatening diseases — almost immediately after joining their new families.

That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a class action lawsuit against Barkworks for repeatedly engaging in fraud and false advertising in an effort to conceal from customers that they purchase their puppies from abusive puppy mills.

Help ALDF stop Barkworks’ blatant and illegal deceptive practices. Between now and October 31, donations to ALDF will be matched dollar-for-dollar — up to $30,000. Don’t miss this special opportunity to double the impact of your support!

Barkworks misrepresented the breeding history and health of its puppies in order to convince customers to purchase them, resulting in large profits for their business — and heartbreak for countless dogs and their adoptive families.

I urge you to take this opportunity to double the impact of your support during our 2011 Matching Gift Challenge. Together, we can make a difference for animals and continue our fight against puppy mills and those who support them.

Thank you for taking a stand against puppy mills and supporting ALDF in our fight against animal cruelty.


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