One of my favorite sites, Dogster.com, sent me an email alerting me about the Humane Society’s latest report and video on Petland’s selling of puppy mill puppies. Petland is a chain of over 140 franchised pet stores in almost 30 states across the U.S. as well as in Canada, Japan and South Africa. They are the largest chain of pet stores that sell puppies. From the report: “In the largest ever puppy mill investigation, HSUS investigators visited 21 Petland stores and 35 breeders and brokers who sold puppies to Petland stores. Investigators also reviewed interstate import records of an additional 322 breeders, USDA reports and more than 17,000 individual puppies linked to Petland stores.“
Jasmine was a puppy mill breeder. For over three years, she was held in a small cage and had litter after litter. When we adopted her, she had just whelped a litter of 3 little males. A veterinarian from the Bay Area bought her and 48 other dogs at a dog auction in Oklahoma. Before coming to our home, Jasmine had lived a horrible life with no socialization or affection. She was malnourished, her pads on her paws were deformed due to the life of walking on a wire cage floor and she was afraid of everything. Her sole purpose had been to produce a crop of puppies as often as possible. Puppies that ended up in places like Petland. Puppies that are cute, cuddly and are purchased by people who don’t understand that MOST puppies in pet stores are from puppy mills. Given the struggles we’ve had with Jasmine to reduce or eliminate the ill effects of her life before coming to our home, I vow to NEVER support any business that supports puppy mills.
Petland’s website claims, “Petland is aware of the many animal welfare issues in the news today. We know that members of some animal rights groups would have you believe that all pet store puppies are bred and raised in substandard facilities. This is untrue. Petland also disagrees with the agenda of animal rights groups that would deny people the right to own and live with companion pets.“ They go on to say, “Petland stores are independently operated by qualified franchisees. Each is responsible for choosing healthy pets offered to Petland customers. Petland, Inc. provides each Petland store with humane care guidelines to assist in this important task.“ To me, they have skirted the issue. Their argument states that not ALL pet store puppies are raised in substandard environments BUT even if they are, Petland is not responsible; the franchisees are responsible for the dogs they buy. That’s bull*!@&.
The Humane Society encourages people to take action and let Petland know that it’s unacceptable that their “franchisees” are buying puppy mill puppies. Let your words and dollars speak!
Petland Corporate Offices
250 Riverside Street
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Founder and CEO: Ed Kunzelman
President: Frank Difatta
Director of Business Improvement: Brian Winslow
Franchise Development: Jim Whitman (firstname.lastname@example.org)