On Friday’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg defended her right to buy a puppy from a pet store.
You dont know what youre getting when you get a pookie-dingle-doodle from the pound,” the website Hollywood Dog reported her as saying on the show.
She gave a nod to people who say dogs should be adopted, but said she didn’t want anyone preventing her from being able to buy a dog at a pet store if she wanted to. She said that when you buy a purebred dog, you know what you’re getting. And when you adopt a pound dog, you have no idea what kind of problems you may be inheriting, according to the Examiner. (I did not see it so I can’t report it myself.)
It seems Whoopi doesn’t realize that puppies from pet stores are often unhealthy, and that the puppy mills from which so many of these pups come are notoriously wretched and inhumane places, with cages stacked on top of each other, crammed with animals who have little to no health care, and who are often exposed to the elements. And as for the great blood lines, she doesn’t seem to understand that genetic defects are all too common in these dogs.
On her Facebook page yesterday, Whoopi wrote that she doesn’t like puppy mills, but that she does think puppies in stores can be just fine. “We discussed one state that wanted to close all pet stores. I have friends who own pet stores; they love their animals and insure their health and well being. Mills should be shut down. All agree but don’t paint everyone with the same brush. That was my point,” she wrote on her page.
What do you think, Dogsters? You can leave a comment on her Facebook page, but do let us know here as well.
Update a few hours after story posted: Here’s a video Whoopi and other pet-store fans might want to watch. Bronwyne Mirkovich made the 49-second video in answer to Whoopi’s statement, and brought it to our attention in the comments below.