Two weeks ago we announced a class action lawsuit alleging that retail chain Petland Inc. and the Hunte Corporation, one of the country's largest commercial dog brokers, have conspired to sell unhealthy dogs to unsuspecting consumers. The lawsuit includes claims that these companies have been purchasing dogs from puppy mills and are selling sick and genetically compromised dogs to consumers who want a loving companion.
Since we announced the filing of the legal action, HSUS staff have been overwhelmed with hundreds of additional heartbreaking stories from Petland customers whose puppies either died shortly after purchase or required costly veterinary treatments because of parasites, viruses or hereditary ailments. Jonathan Lovvorn, our vice president and chief counsel for Animal Protection Litigation, has recorded a video update on the case, which I encourage you to watch.
And today I also wanted to post some of your responses.
These organizations like Petland should not be selling dogs from puppy mills. It encourages a horrible practice. There are already too many dogs in shelters, and they should be given great homes. —Richard Marranca
I am so happy that there is a class action lawsuit against Petland stores. They have been allowed to get away with the puppy mills way too long as it is. I bought my Persian cat from Petland 16 years ago, but did not know at the time about what I know now. If I had known then what I know now, I would have never bought my cat from them. I tell everyone I know to not buy a pet from them. I wish you all the luck and will be praying continually for this lawsuit. I would really like to see Petland shut down, and all the puppy mills stopped. Lots of fines and jail time would help a lot of these puppy mills to cease. I just can't stand the mistreatment of animals. —Tammy Saunders
I too have a Petland puppy mill puppy. She was about three months old when I got her. She had pneumonia that we knew of. After $6,000 dollars later and a lung biopsy all before she was a 1-year-old, it was determined that she had multifocal ateletasis, severely damaged lungs; her lung capacity is less than 50 percent. She is now 3 years old, but has never been able to play or run because she cannot breathe. She is always coughing and wheezing. And to top it off, she also has arthritis because her front legs were dislocated sometime before I got her. They finally did give me a refund, but they wanted me to return her and they would give me another puppy. Was that a stupid comment on their part or what? —Pam
"At Petland we care"? Apparently not. I hope the day comes when pet stores become pet supply stores. There is too much economic pressure to cut corners and mishandle critters in the animal trade. —James Burnette