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Animals Seized From Squalid Pet Store

Written by PETA | June 30, 2010
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Court proceedings are underway that will decide the fate of dozens of animals who were recently seized from a Chattanooga pet store after an employee, Ashley Knight, went to officials at McKamey Animal Center to allege ongoing abuse and neglect at the store. Knight has testified that store manager Brandy Hallman threw a live hamster into a garbage compactor after the animal fought with a cagemate.

When shelter officials visited the store along with a representative of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, they reportedly seized the animals after apparently discovering that many of them were suffering from disease, heat, and lack of water, leaving them dehydrated and stressed. McKamey director Karen Walsh testified that they found one miserable dog in the store’s poorly ventilated isolation area for sick animals standing in a cage that was filled with “voluminous diarrhea.”

We’ll continue to follow this trial closely, and we hope that you’ll join us not only in wishing for justice to be served in this case but also in helping to prevent other animals from enduring such miseries by never, ever shopping at pet stores.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Raven says:

    Thats not fair to say that all petstores are crule hell holes. I had purchaced my Pet Rat Zeira from Pet Safari. They treat their pets kindly They are well taken care of they have vets come in every week to make sure the animals are in tip top shape. I’ve had Zeira for a year when I got her she had a minor cold but thats to be expected from younger rats.

  • Jordan Holmes says:

    PETA ought to give this girl in award! It takes a lot of bravery to come forward and risk losing your job and getting back reccomendations especially in times like these! I’m so happy people like her are out there though to give these poor creatures a voice!

  • Tracy says:

    Way to go Ashley! Thank you!

  • gustavo says:

    who is in charge of store inspections???its goverment fault the residents of usa shlould demand the responsable department…

  • Denise Geremia says:

    Pats on the back for Ashley. It’s hard to come forward when you see something you don’t agree with. The more people like Ashley in the world the better!!