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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 SCITUATE 11 ing state lines. Holleran said many Perfect Puppy veterinary inspections prove the store sold dogs from veri- fied puppy mills. "It's the whole ethical thing behind making money off the back of abused and neglected animals," she said. Holleran noted that Ocean State Veterinary Hospital representatives testified at state hearings at previ- ous bill hearings that there was an influx of sick puppies coming from Perfect Puppy. Munoz said that he and his father, Scott Bergantino, who owns three Perfect Puppy locations in Scituate, West Warwick, and Plainville, Mass., decided against breeding dogs due to backlash from the com- munity. According to Munoz, the three Perfect Puppy stores combined sell approximately 1,000 puppies each year. He said instead he would like Perfect Puppy to be able to assist in the adoption of adult dogs. Currently, the store cannot keep dogs more than six months old for adoption or sale. "I can only source from breeders. I can't source rescue dogs. I want to make it so I can do rescue," Munoz said. Munoz said he comes into contact with adult dogs that return from previous Perfect Puppy owners, and through other connections he's made after years in the business. He said he and his father hand- pick and transport puppies from out-of-state, often Pennsylvania, and refuse to interact with puppy mills. Munoz conceded that he used a broker to purchase puppies in the past who, unknown to him, con- ducted business with puppy mills. Munoz said Perfect Puppy no lon- ger uses a broker, and displays the breeder's name and location on each puppy for transparency. "There was a point in time when we used a broker, sourced through a broker, some of the things I saw were horrible," Munoz said. He said Perfect Puppy bought and sold approximately 80 puppies from the broker, but after he discovered where the puppies came from, he decided never to use that broker again. Munoz said the health of puppies is the top priority for the company, which is why a veterinarian comes to check in with the pups once a week, and the store offers a health guarantee for two years. "I want to make sure everything is done right," he said. PUPPY From Page 3 Sensory Story Time offered March 30 SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Sensory Story Time on Saturday, March 30, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. This program includes story time and sensory play for children ages 3-8 years old. Call the library at 401-821-7910 for more information or to register. IN BRIEF Congratulations To our 2019 State Spelling Bee Winner ALICE DUNNING Of North Kingstown We extend our Best Wishes to Alice at the National Spelling Bee! The Valley Breeze would also like to thank our generous co-sponsors and the Lincoln School Department for their continued support… Rhode Island State Spelling Bee 2019 winner ALICE DUNNING, 12, center, a grade 6 student from Wickford Middle School in North Kingstown, celebrates her victory aer the March 16 competi- tion. With her is, from le, Tom Ward, publisher of the Valley Breeze, Alice's sister Lucy, 8, her father Harry and WPRI-TV Channel 12 reporter Kim Kalunian, the pronouncer for the Bee, held at Lincoln Middle School.

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