Petland accused of selling sick puppies bred in mills

March 18, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Humane Society of the United States has accused the Petland pet store chain of scheming to sell unhealthy puppies bred in filthy conditions to thousands of unsuspecting people. The Humane Society has been investigating complaints against Petland and its 131 stores, for more than a year they say, before putting the lawsuit together. The suit alleges Petland intentionally misled thousands of customers into believing the puppies came from the finest breeders and were healthy, when in fact their investigation showed that many of the puppies in the United States were bred in mills in horrific conditions or through brokers. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Phoenix by lawyers for the Humane Society and pet owners who say they were sold sick puppies. It asks that the plaintiffs be reimbursed for the cost of their puppies, as well as receive triple damages for veterinary bills. In a statement, Petland called the accusations outrageous and disappointing.

“This is a continuing public-relations campaign to smear the good name of Petland,” it said. Petland puppies are examined by veterinarians before they come to the stores and before they are purchased, the statement said.


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