I-Team Investigates: Puppy Mills part III

Some animal rights activists say Pennsylvania officials may be looking the other way when it comes to animal cruelty in their state.

Pennsylvania contains a large amount of dog breeding facilities called puppy mills, which animal rights activists say houses dogs in cramped and dirty conditions. In addition, they say these conditions lead to sick dogs making their way into New Jersey pet stores.

While Pennsylvania government officials say they keep track of the states mills, an animal rights group contends the organization in charge of watching over the facilities offers preferential treatment to some mills. Many groups are now calling for tougher laws to combat what they call animal cruelty.

Under New Jersey law, if a residents puppy dies or is declared unfit for sale within six months of purchase it can be returned for a full refund. If owners dont want to give the dog back, the pet store that sold the animal can be responsible for veterinary bills up to a certain amount.

Related stories: I-Team Investigates: Puppy Mills I-Team Investigates: Puppy Mills part II

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