There was another heartbreaker of a story about the Puppy Mill industry in Manitoba. Here's 7 questions you should ask when buying a new puppy according to the Canadian Kennel Club and the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter. These appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sunday September 7 2008 in an article by Selena Hinds. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

1- Can I come and see your facility ? If a breeder says NO, this is ared flag. A reputable breeder will not hesitate to show their facilities and breeding operations.

2- Where do the mother and father come from? Can I see them? Make sure, at a minimum, the mother is on the premises and available to see.

3- How many puppies are there and are they healthy ? Do you have proof of that ?  If the breeder can't produce health records of vet visits, walk away.

4- What vet do you deal with ? What vet care has the puppy had ? What vet care has the mother had ? Breeder should have comprehensive vet care written down and be willing to provide name of veterinarian and clinic.

5- If the dog is registered as a purebred, can I see the papers ?  If they aren't able to produce the papers immediately, do not buy the dog. It is illegal to sell a dog as 'purebred' without CKC papers.

6- Will you provide a written contract and health guarantee ? With any animal, there are health issues. Make sure you are protected and all of the health information is written down.

7- Do you have references ? Responsible breeders always provide references. If someone says he is a CKC breeder, you can call the CKC client services line to confirm and to see if there have been any regulatory issues.

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