Written by PETA
UPDATE: PETCO CEO
Jim Myers announced that the company will not reopen the Johnson City store
where approximately 100 animals died in flooding last month. The company is
reportedly looking for another location in the village, but outraged residents
don't want a PETCO store anywhere nearby. The district attorney's criminal
investigation of PETCO employees' actions and the animals' deaths continues.
following was originally posted on September 19, 2011:
PETA joined dozens of animal advocates who
participated in a protest calling for PETCO to leave Johnson City,
New York, after the multibillion-dollar company opted to abandon hundreds of
animals—about 100 of whom drowned
during massive flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.
Despite highly publicized flood warnings
and mandatory evacuation orders, the company had the gall to call the flooding "completely
unpredictable" and intentionally left the animals behind, which Johnson
City Mayor Dennis Hannon called "absolutely disgusting."
animals, including birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, mice, and reptiles,
suffered and died as a result. Cars
that passed the 70 demonstrators honked and waved in support, showing that
Johnson City residents are ready for PETCO to start packing.
PETA and Mayor Hannon called for a criminal
investigation last week, and now that investigation is under way. Please join
us in thanking Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen for taking the
case seriously. E-mail him at email@example.com
or call his office at 607-778-2423. Please be polite in your correspondence with Mr. Mollen and his office.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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