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Petland being sued for selling sick puppies

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Petland Store Chain Accused of Selling Sick Puppies
Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Print ShareThisCINCINNATI — An animal protection group has accused the Petland Inc. pet store chain of scheming to sell sick puppies bred in filthy conditions to thousands of unsuspecting people.

Petland intentionally misled thousands of customers into believing the puppies came from the finest breeders and were healthy, the Humane Society of the United States said in a lawsuit against the company, which is based in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The group said it conducted an investigation showing that many of the puppies sold by Petland in its 131 U.S. stores were bred in mills in horrific conditions or through brokers such as The Hunte Corp., based in Goodman, Mo. Investigators for the Humane Society saw "puppies living in filthy, barren cages reeking of urine, with inadequate care and socialization," the complaint said.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by attorneys representing members of the Humane Society, which calls itself the nation's largest animal protection organization, and other pet owners who say they were sold sick puppies.

Petland, which also has 61 stores overseas, said Tuesday it was outraged and disappointed by what it called false accusations.

"At Petland, we offer healthy, happy and well-socialized pets to our customers," Petland vice president Joe Watson said in a statement. "As our business requires that our customers be highly satisfied, it only makes sense that we would do everything possible to ensure that we provide healthy puppies."

A telephone message seeking comment from Hunte was not immediately returned.

The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, challenges the companies' conduct under the federal racketeering statute and under consumer protection laws of 20 states, Humane Society lawyer Jonathan Lovvorn said.

The plaintiffs are seeking changes in how the puppies are bred and financial damages to help recover veterinary costs they say were associated with keeping their puppies alive. They also are seeking to stop what the lawsuit alleges are unfair and deceptive sales practices.

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Good! I think there have been some in the past but the more the better and the more exposure in the news is great!

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I saw this in our local news online yesterday, so I added my own two cents about Petland and puppy mills. So sad! I wish all newspapers would really expose this.
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Our local puppy "boutique" sells a lot of sick dogs too.
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It's about time and I hope they get the class action status.

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This was all over the news here(I live in Cincinnati, so this is local for me ) and Im glad they are finally taking action! WAY too many pet stores around here still sell pets. Hopefully this will bring about more knowledge to puppy buyers as well. I worked in a pet store for a while(during my summers while I was in high-school) and we would have people come in ALL the time looking for puppies(we didnt sell them). I would try to get a word in about how most puppies from pet stores come from puppy mills and are often unhealthy, but it all went in one ear and out the other!! Hopefully this will bring more attention to it, to the "non-dog people" in the world(those who dont know to do their research )

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"The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, challenges the companies' conduct under the federal racketeering statute and under consumer protection laws of 20 states, Humane Society lawyer Jonathan Lovvorn said.

The plaintiffs are seeking changes in how the puppies are bred and financial damages to help recover veterinary costs they say were associated with keeping their puppies alive. They also are seeking to stop what the lawsuit alleges are unfair and deceptive sales practices."


It's too bad this stems from the consumers feeling ripped off and wanting action so they can be protected in the future. Never mind that it's an inhumane and despicable practice and should be stopped for a variety of other reasons. But hey........... we'll take it!!!!




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Well, I think, more than anything, the charges were all they could get. My brother is a social worker for the city of cincinnati, and works with a lot of abused children, but they have no SOLID evidence of abuse, regardless of how sure they are, so there is nothing they can do. However, if they can get the parents on another charge, even unrelated ones, it gets the children out of the bad circumstances....I think that this may be one of those times. They may not have enough "proof" of animal crultey/abuse, so they try to get them on what charges they can....

At least its something!!!

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Well, I think, more than anything, the charges were all they could get. My brother is a social worker for the city of cincinnati, and works with a lot of abused children, but they have no SOLID evidence of abuse, regardless of how sure they are, so there is nothing they can do. However, if they can get the parents on another charge, even unrelated ones, it gets the children out of the bad circumstances....I think that this may be one of those times. They may not have enough "proof" of animal crultey/abuse, so they try to get them on what charges they can....

At least its something!!!

That is what I was thinking as I read the report. The Humane Society and pet owners have to hit them where they can, and hopefully at least make some progress against Petland. Then, keep chipping away at them.

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