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 protected]. And please never buy animals or anything from stores like PETCO that see animals as nothing more than a way to make money.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post