Video: Former Petland Employee Describes Dog Abuse at Pet Store

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Sarasota County may become the first county in Florida to prevent pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits from commercial breeders. The Sarasota County Commission heard public comments in support of the ban on Monday. These included a former Petland employee’s haunting claims about how a dog intended for sale languished in agony without adequate care.

This will be the last post today. (More tomorrow) If you don't watch any of these, WATCH THIS ONE. #JusticeForChompers #LearnTheTruth Rylee Barr former employee of Petland Sarasota exposes the abuse, neglect, malpractice and fraudulent illegal activities of Petland. Please know that the store employees who testify are paid to do so. Please also know that this is just one of the many former employees of Petland whom have come forward. We have so much more to expose. #LearnTheTruth and make this go viral!

Posted by Shut down Petland in Sarasota, FL on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This wouldn’t be the first time that Petland and other pet stores have come under fire for abusing animals. Just a few months ago, an alleged former Petland employee spoke out about animals with open sores living in cramped conditions in a store in Pennsylvania.

Well, I ended my job at Petland in Robinson, after only a month, and let me show everyone why. I couldn't watch the…

Posted by Katelyn Cerciello on Monday, July 20, 2015

Pet shops use the natural appeal of puppies, kittens, and other animals to sell them at an inflated price. “Purebred” animals often cost several hundred dollars or more. Common problems inherent in the pet trade include the sale of sick animals, the failure of stores to provide proper veterinary care, unsanitary conditions, and the cruel disposal of ill and injured animals. Buying these animals directly contributes to the animal overpopulation crisis, because of which millions of adoptable animals are euthanized every year.

The Sarasota County Commission voted Monday to schedule a public hearing on the potential ban in early 2016.

What You Can Do

  • 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.
  • Neverpatronize pet stores that sell animals. You can purchase supplies for companion animals from stores that sell only pet supplies and not pets or from various websites or catalogs that carry full product lines but that don’t treat animals like merchandise.
  • Remember: Adopt. Don’t shop.

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