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How Katie Holmes got dog activists barking mad

Actress Katie Holmes leaves the Children's Museum of the Arts with her daughter Suri Cruise in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, July 5, 2012. Holmes recently filed for divorce from actor Tom Cruise; the two had been married for the past five years.

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How much flak can one mother get for taking her kid to a puppy store?

A lot, as it turns out, if you're Katie Holmes.

The price of the puppy in the window didn't matter: Mom and daughter walked out of a posh New York City puppy store empty handed, and Suri appeared unimpressed.

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(This video – I almost hate to link to it – shows the six-year-old transforming from unhappy to pouty to all out tantrum-laden.)

From the tabloid photos, the shafted dog appeared to be an admittedly cute black and white Morkie (a Maltese and Yorkie mix, for those not in the doggie know).

But Suri wasn't the only one upset by the outing. Animal activists were appalled that a celebrity would consider a puppy store – instead of a shelter – for a four-legged addition to the family.

"If people stop purchasing from pet stores, these stores will stop offering puppies for sale, and puppy mills will go out of business," writes Brandy Arnold, Editor at Dogington Post (sadly, that is actually the name of the publication.)

"Or, if Katie insists on buying from a breeder, she should find a reputable one that takes care of their breeding dogs."

Global Animal magazine hoped Suri would eventually get a rescue dog, not one bought from a store – and observed that "a pet can provide frightened children with purpose, stability, unconditional love, and an undemanding, floppy ear."

And Radar reports that the world's largest no-kill rescue organization is inviting Ms. Holmes into their facilities in hopes of persuading her to save a rescue dog.

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What do you think: Is all the rescue v. store-bought criticism a little much, especially since the pair didn't walk away with a dog?And is a now a good time to bring a dog into Suri's life?

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