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The Hunte Corporation - A Commercial Puppy Broker

Many commercial kennels don't sell their puppies directly to pet stores - they sell them to brokers who handle the sale to the pet store. Whenever you hear about the puppies from pet stores, the first question you should ask is where the parents for that puppy are. What kind of conditions do those dogs live in? Are they in cages for their entire lives - freezing in the winter, sweltering in the summer with little food and no clean water being bred over and over again until they die?

The Hunte Corporation is one of the largest, if not the largest, broker of puppies to pet stores. According to newspaper articles, they sold 85,000 puppies in 2002. They buy dogs from commercial kennels across the Midwest and then resell them to pet stores. In their ads they call themselves the "World's Leading Supplier of Quality Puppies" The ad goes on to claim: "State of the art facilities offering constant attention to health, care and comfort of every puppy ... pioneering delivery system with continuous fresh air exchange, constant temperature, purified drinking water, sanitary compartments, air ride for animal stress reduction" The ads never mention the parents of the puppies. They never say anything about the conditions in which they live. They never talk about purified water for them. Or fresh air. Or comfort. They do not address the issue of keeping dogs in cages for their entire lives. Is there anyone, who doesn't work for the kennel industry, in this country who supports keeping dogs in cages?

The Hunte Corporate, as a broker of puppies to pet stores, is covered under the Animal Welfare Act which is enforced by the United States Department of Agriculture. We submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the USDA for copies of the loans given to The Hunte Corporation. What we got back was a pile of papers that were mostly redacted. We have tried to put the pieces of the puzzle together from the information we were able to read. What it indicates is that Hunte has received at least 2 Rural Development Business and Industry Loans from the USDA. It appears that the company originally asked for 750k on July 5, 2000 but increased that amount to 2.8 million. That loan is due in 2020. Then in September 17, 2001 they received another loan for 900k which is due in 2008. They may have received earlier loans in 1996. According to the loan documents, these 3.5 million dollar loans were secured by accounts receivable and inventory. The papers say that in 2002 Hunte had 150 employees and 26 million dollars in sales. So the same agency that is charged with inspecting kennels and brokers is the same agency that underwrote 3.5 million dollars in loans to a business it inspects. How can this possibly be acceptable?

The Hunte Corporation claims to sell quality puppies.

We can tell you the story of one puppy Hunte sold to a pet store in Missouri. Read about Bunnie.

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