Puppies at Puppy Zone up wait for new homes.
Protesters rally in front of Puppy Zone
A local pet store is coming under fire, as protesters question the owner's practices.
Demonstrators set up shop Saturday in front of Puppy Zone on Kingston Pike.
"We just want the public to be educated and to know what they're looking at and to know what they need to look for," said Steven Potter.
Potter and others are weary of puppy zone.
Owner Steven Glatz has family members who run a similar store in Orange County, Florida that's been accused of getting dogs from puppy mills.
"When you have a family member that has that history, it kind of makes you suspicious," Potter said.
Glatz says the suspicion is unwarranted.
"All of our puppies come from private homes. We do not support puppy mills in any way, nor will we support anyone that over breeds or does anything that will hurt animals in any way," he said.
Glatz said the store won't accept puppies from families that have more than three or four dogs, and all their puppies are registered.
"We ask anybody that wants to know more about the Puppy Zone to come in and ask any one of us. Anybody that works here including myself, my wife, and we'd be happy to answer any questions," he said.
Demonstrators say the best solution is to adopt from a rescue shelter.
"Rather than have another couple thousand dogs killed in Tennessee this year, go to the shelters and look to see what they have available. They have some great dogs," Potter said.
Glatz said all the animals are up to date with shots, and the store also offers a 14 day guarantee for the puppies.