Lorianne and Charlemagne. (Courtesty of Lorianne Pagano)

Lorianne Pagano never knew about puppy mills.  Her first experience with puppy mill dogs was the hardest.  In 2003, her husband purchased for her a little Brussels Griffon puppy from a pet store in Amityville, NY.   They were delighted with their new family member – they named him Charlemagne.  They brought him home, gave him love and good food.  He was also brought home with a host of health problems.  Lorianne spent thousands and thousands of dollars in vet bills trying to heal Charlemangne’s health problems.  In January, 2007, Charlemagne succumbed to kidney disease, a heart murmur and high blood pressure.  Charlemagne was the product of a puppy mill.  The pet store never admitted Charlemagne was bred in a puppy mill.   Not an uncommon scenario with any pet store or pet dealer that sells dogs.

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