Petland Sued As Nation’s Largest Retail Supporter of Puppy Mills

by Mary Haight on December 6, 2008

Miniature breed dogs in a puppy mill
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Did you catch the headline the other day that the Humane Society of the United States has proof that Petland uses puppy mills as their supply source?  After years of denying this fact, Petland will finally have to answer to litigation.  Happy Holidays!  

The special that Oprah had with Lisa Ling reporting on puppy mill practices has really helped remind everyone that this cruelty needs to stop.  I know from 11 years experience in the animal community that bringing this practice to the national stage in a significant way—and getting an hour on Oprah and more on a follow up was just that—was a major priority of many.  The real meaning of buying pets from pet stores was made clear: many pets suffer and die for choosing to buy a pet rather than adopting from a shelter. 

It’s good news that HSUS and ASPCA’s partnership (September 2008) in this effort has resulted in a multi-pronged approach of investigation, video proof made public, law enforcement, prosecution, and lobbying for humane legislation issues that is netting real results.

Find out more at http://stoppuppymills.org a special topics page in the HSUS site. 
 
We all pick and choose our concerns and level of involvement with organizations working effectively toward making change.  Sometimes all we can do is donate a few dollars and other times we can only pay attention and pass it on.  The more people hear about this topic, the more a constituency will grow, so passing it on is no small thing!  

HSUS’s and ASPCA’s recent successes closing down some major mills after the in-depth reporting of Lisa Ling makes me think about how these issues are brought to the fore: it all starts with the power of one voice and can reverberate through a population to change what needs changing.  It is always time consuming, but is well worth the effort.

What’s your take on this?     

 

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rebekah
rebekah

My fiance and I purchased a husky from petland 2 months ago, with the knowledge that it probably came from a puppy mill (Petland told us he came from a breeder and their puppies are hand picked by the managers). He has serious behavior issues and psychological problems. Petland told us he was cryptorchid, meaning his testicles hadn't dropped. We didn't know much about dogs from Petland when we bought him, and hadn't even planned on purchasing a dog until we saw him crammed in his too small cage, and yellowed from his own urine (He had been in the cage for 3 months). Well, to make a long story short, we bought him out of sympathy after Petland jacked up his price another $100 from what they told us on the phone. It has been an extremely stressful and challenging 2 months and intense training and help from an animal behaviorist still has not helped much. He refuses to stop going potty in his crate regardless of being taken out constantly, and today we took him to the vet to get neutered when during his procedure, his vet called with a complication...He had NO testicles! No testicles had ever formed! The vet couldn't believe it and had never seen anything like it. We will NEVER buy another dog from Petland, after researching puppy mills, and our dog's papers say he came from Missouri which is known as THE puppy mill state. I have many questions for Petland, but I have already answered them myself. It would be great to have Petland stand up and have to answer for the dirty things they have done. If anyone defends Petland, they are either ignorant, or just as guilty and probably animal abusers themselves. There is no excuse for the irresponsible actions of that company. They support puppy mills 100%, creating physically and mentally unhealthy animals, causing pet owners rediculous veterinary bills and expenses, and flooding the country with excessive unhealthy pets, causing euthanizing of healthy, abandoned animals all of America. It's time for our government to wake up and realize that this company is costing our country, and shelters everywhere, milliions of dollars. We love our husky, he is our first dog together, and we will continue to fight for him. We rescued an identical female husky yesterday from a high kill shelter. She was scheduled to be put down this week, and she was so similar looking to our Petland husky that we had to save her. She is around the same age as he is, and is a normal, healthy dog that had come from a small home breeder. The difference is absolutely NIGHT AND DAY. Please if you are reading this, spread the word, and go adopt a gorgeous shelter dog. The one we rescued is already housebroken, trained, and VERY obedient. Her fee was $30! If you buy a dog from Petland, be warned, it may be the worst decision you ever make.

Mary Haight
Mary Haight

I just found that "Dog Town", a special re Best Friends Utah Sanctuary and their work with the Michael Vick dogs is airing tonight, Dec 28 at 8pm Central Time on the National Geographic channel. See http://news.bestfriends.org/index.cfm?page=news&mode=entry&entry=65D0ECCF-19B9-B9D5-9DA9F977BAB05E9D. Also the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project is doing work with the psychology of these dogs, likening their psychological condition to that of PTSD in humans. You can find them here: http://www.nowisconsinpuppymills.com/mill-survivors.html

Jeff Todd
Jeff Todd

Wonderful article Mary and wonderful news about Petland, the proof, and litigation pursuing Petland. Do you know someone that deals with the pet psychology concerning puppy mill dogs? I have found that I can break dogs into three categories: abused Dogs, puppy mill Dogs, and normal dogs. Abused and normal dogs are the easiest to rehabilitate, train, and integrate into families. Puppy mill dogs though have a really distorted psychology I just can't seem to reach into to help them. Thanks again for the good news. JNT

Mary Haight
Mary Haight

Thanks for commenting and I understand the frustration. There will always be instances of abuse or an injustice that stands out when law is being applied, and we just have to keep shining a light on them. There are over reactions by people passionate about protecting animals, just as in every other area of concern. Yet that does not mean the law is bad, just imperfectly applied.

skippy
skippy

According to HSUS every one is a puppy mill. A AKC judge with 2 dogs, no pups no dirt no filth was shut down. I hope you like communism because thats where the Animal rights movement is taking you. You wont be able to own any property, no house, no land, no car, no food. You will be told where to live and where to work.

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