Written by PETA
PETA is calling for a criminal investigation and appropriate charges
after PETCO left
hundreds of caged animals to die in its Johnson
City, New York, store in massive flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee.
Despite highly publicized flood warnings and a mandatory
evacuation order from the town's mayor, PETCO's vice president of animal care
(a misnomer if we ever heard one), Marcie Whichard, had the nerve to call the
flooding "completely unpredictable" and admitted
that "the decision was made to keep the animals in
the store." Hundreds of
birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, mice, reptiles, and other
animals were abandoned, forced to try to keep
their heads above water as floodwaters rose. Nearly 100 animals died. One can
only imagine the terror and suffering that these animals experienced, all
because PETCO—a multibillion-dollar company—could not be
bothered to make provisions for them.
This is not the first time that animals have suffered and died at PETCO's hands. The company
has a history of chronic animal-welfare problems, including buying the animals
it sells from massive mills that warehouse animals in filthy, severely crowded conditions; withhold veterinary care from sick, starving, and injured
animals; throw live animals into the trash; and much, much more.
Please help obtain justice for the animals PETCO abandoned
to drown by politely urging Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen to launch
a criminal investigation into PETCO's actions. Call his office at 607-778-2423
or e-mail him at email@example.com.
And please never buy
animals or anything from stores like PETCO that
see animals as nothing more than a way to make money.
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