A former Petland employee’s Facebook post went viral this week for exposing neglected animals with open sores who were forced to live in cramped conditions at one of the company’s stores in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania. This isn’t the first time that Petland and other pet stores have come under fire for abusing animals.
Pet shops use the natural appeal of puppies, kittens, and other animals to sell them at an inflated price—often several hundred dollars or more for “purebred” animals. Common problems in the pet-shop industry include the sale of sick and injured animals, the failure of stores to provide proper veterinary care, unsanitary conditions, and the use of inhumane methods to dispose of sick and unwanted animals.
View the former employee’s post here:
What You Can Do
You can help animals who are sold in pet stores in the following ways:
- Encourage pet stores that sell animals not to do so.
- Report any sick or injured animal to your local animal control agency or police department immediately.
- Never patronize pet stores that sell animals. You can purchase supplies for companion animals from pet-supply stores, websites, or catalogs that carry full product lines but that don’t treat animals like merchandise.