Nothing Has Changed At Petland!

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June 29, 2009


 

 
Charlene Koster's kennel in Kansas was filmed and named by The HSUS during our Petland investigation in November. Some Petland stores are still purchasing dogs from this puppy mill. ©2008 The HSUS  

A Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) follow-up investigation has found that Petland stores are still supporting puppy mills, including some of the largest and most notorious in the country.

 What We Found 

The new intensive study analyzed thousands of pages of public interstate health documents in multiple states, revealing that almost every Petland store in the country is buying from puppy mills, either directly from commercial breeding facilities or indirectly through middleman brokers.

The new investigation of Petland's puppy sources also traced shipments of puppies from out of state brokers to more than 95 percent of Petland's domestic stores, revealing once again that the chain is supporting puppy mills.

More than 80 stores were linked directly to the Hunte Corporation alone, a massive Missouri broker that resells about 80,000 puppies a year and has documented Animal Welfare Act violations.

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Sourcing Puppies

The HSUS also found that several Petland stores were still buying from some of the facilities that we clearly named and exposed as part of our initial Petland investigation in November, including MAM (Mike and Melanie Moore's) Kennels in Missouri and Charlene Koster's kennel in Kansas—puppy mills where more than 100 dogs were filmed running back and forth in small wire cages. 

Many USDA-licensed puppy mills that keep hundreds of dogs in small cages for their entire lives are still legal, but they are inhumane, and that is why the HSUS has been urging Petland and other pet stores to stop supporting them.

Supporting Cruelty

The investigation found at least two Petland stores in Florida still buying puppies from the facility associated with Kathy Bauck in New York Mills, Minn. Bauck was convicted of three counts of animal torture and one count of animal abuse in March 2009, the same month that the East Orlando Petland store purchased several puppies from her facility. Health certificate documents show that the Largo Florida Petland store also purchased at least one puppy from Bauck's kennel in February 2009.

 

 
The new investigation of Petland's puppy sources reveals that many stores in the chain are still buying from known puppy mills, and most stores are supplied by massive brokers. ©2008 The HSUS  

'Clearly Nothing Has Changed'

"Petland claims again and again that they deal only with a special selection of breeders," said Stephanie Shain, senior director for the HSUS puppy mills campaign.

"Our new investigation proves that the vast majority of their stores are buying either directly or indirectly from puppy mills and brokers—large-scale commercial facilities where puppies are treated like nothing more than a cash crop."

"We even found two stores buying from a convicted animal abuser, and others buying from individuals who have a long history of Animal Welfare Act violations, or who hold no USDA license at all. But even licensed and legal commercial kennels can still be puppy mills, where 100 or more breeding dogs have been found confined to small wire cages for life.

"Clearly nothing has changed at Petland. They are continuing to support puppy mills and mislead the public."

A Look Back

Since the original Petland investigation was released in November, a consumer lawsuit has been filed against Petland, and more than 600 former Petland customers have contacted The HSUS to tell their heartbreaking stories. HSUS has also led three nationwide demonstrations at Petland stores across the country this year to tell the chain to stop selling puppies and start supporting pet adoptions instead.

 

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Rainmaker
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Thanks so much for your comment and support Lee and Pamela!!

Jun 29, 2009 08:54 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Jayne, you are truly my idol and I look forward to getting to know you better.  Bless you for all you have done and continue to do for our furbabies that have no voice.  Take care!!!

Jun 29, 2009 08:55 AM #4
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Kristen,  I have followed your earlier posts and am sickened by this business.  Are these scum ever prosecuted ?  How does Petland justify their policies ?  Or don't I want to know ?

Jun 29, 2009 09:17 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Hi BIll...thanks for following and spreading the word on this horrible chain!!!

Jun 29, 2009 09:34 AM #6
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Kristin- You missed my post about Animal abuse because I posted 7 blogs this weekend! Take a look, it has your name written all over it.

After I finish this book I am writing now I can publish a book about Pet Mills & Animal Abuse, I will need you help though. And we can use 50% of the proceeds to help animals in danger!

VB

Jun 29, 2009 11:03 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Kristin

Somethings never change; those poor little guys have to be so scared the way they are bounced areound.

Jun 29, 2009 11:20 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Shame on them.

Jun 29, 2009 12:35 PM #9
Rainer
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Kristin, nothing will change until people change and stop buying from place like Petland.  Unfortunately its been at least 30 since we in the movement started going public with the puppy mill problem, and here we are 30 years later and they are still thriving.  Either the public does not know or does not want to know where their expensive puppies come from.  I'd like to see oversight taken from the USDA.  They really have no business inspecting domestic animal facilities.

Jun 29, 2009 02:16 PM #10
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Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

This is why I do not shop at Petland. I know about the one in Largo, as I live close by. It's disgusting that they condone this type of behavior. If people would stop purchasing everything from this store, maybe the upper management would finally change their attitudes.

My preference to obtain an animal is to visit the shelter, like the local SPCA...they are the best animals...our company mascot comes from there.

Jun 29, 2009 02:46 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Sharon Lee
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Hi Kristen-You are such a wonderful gal to speak up for these defenseless critters that have NO voice. God Bless YOU. <SMILE>

Jun 29, 2009 05:26 PM #12
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Toula Rosebrock
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Hi Kristin:

All we can do is to continue to fight them...

We need some help from government, to stop these puppy mills.

Jun 30, 2009 12:08 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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VB, I will certainly check out your post...I will do it right now!  And, I love your other book idea too :-)

Jun 30, 2009 01:27 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Tom, I agree....an image sticks in my mind that I saw a year or so ago of a chicken truck...all the poor chickens were crammed in this huge truck, it was only enclosed with loose wiring!  They looked so scared...right up against fast traffic and one another, their feathers blowing around the truck in the wind...it was just so horrible.  I will certainly become vegetarian in the future.....

Jun 30, 2009 01:45 AM #15
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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TOny, well said. short and to the point!!

Jun 30, 2009 01:46 AM #16
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Terry, you are always on top of things, and especially this topic! I was talking about you the other day saying I have a blog friend who worked with Wayne pacelle......thanks for all you do!

Jun 30, 2009 01:46 AM #17
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Cris, right on!! I am so proud you dont shop, but adopt instead.  Thanks for fighting the fight!!

Jun 30, 2009 01:47 AM #18
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Thanks Sharon!

Jun 30, 2009 01:48 AM #19
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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TOula, you said it!  I don't know why it takes so long to do the right thing!!

Jun 30, 2009 01:48 AM #20
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Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Kristin,

Thank you for the updated information about puppy mills and Petland.  I have not been in a Petland store in years!  Toula is right.....all we can do is continue to fight them.

Rita

 

Jun 30, 2009 02:44 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Rita, you are most welcome...the more info out there on them to show their true colors the better!

Jul 01, 2009 12:38 AM #22
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