Sneezing Cat Was on Display; Cat Rooms Needed 'Deep Cleaning'—Stay Away, Says PETA
For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2020
David Perle 202-483-7382
Fayetteville, N.C. – PETA has reviewed damning North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) records from between June 2018 and February 2020 that reveal that 20 PetSmart stores in the state—including two in Fayetteville—were ordered to improve conditions for animals in order to comply with the state’s Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
In August 2018, an NCDA&CS inspector noted the need for a “deep cleaning” of dirty, dusty surfaces in the cat rooms at the stores on Ramsey Street and Skibo Road. In February 2019, a cat named Mateo was sneezing and missing his rabies certificate at the Ramsey Street store.
“Any person who takes care of animals is required to provide them with veterinary care, clean living conditions, and other basic necessities, and a billion-dollar company shouldn’t consider itself above the law,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA regularly receives reports of suffering animals for sale at big-box stores, and our advice to caring consumers is to stick with stores that don’t sell live animals.”
The NCDA&CS records reveal that PetSmart stores also came under fire in Charlotte, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro, Burlington, Lexington, and eight other cities across the state. According to the records, cats were caged with filthy litter boxes, seemingly sick cats were found on display in three other stores, an agent who inspected one store at 12:50 p.m. found that the cats there had yet to be fed that day, and nine stores were told to improve their recordkeeping for animals offered for adoption. A Charlotte store was also assessed a $500 penalty for failing to provide veterinary care to Beethoven, a dog who developed a painful, inflamed scrotum while being boarded at its kennel.
The NCDA&CS also cited the PetSmart store near Asheboro for at least 23 violations of the AWA and warned that further violations may result in penalties of up to $5,000 per violation and action against its license to operate.
Online stores that aren’t affiliated with chains that sell animals, like PetSmart, include Target, PetFlow, and Wag.com.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.