PetSmart in Hot Water Over Dead Dog, Birds and More

 |  Jan 25th 2008  |   35 Contributions


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Is PetSmart too big to do a good job with live animals of any kind? That's the question that comes to my mind when I read the following stories.

One PetSmart let a dog there to be groomed get loose and then get out of the store and killed. Now it comes out that PetSmart employees are performing rabbit neutering without appropriate veterinary procedures and they have scads of dead birds.

Now I have nothing against PetSmart personally. I buy dog clothes and some treats there. I've had good experiences with having my furbabies groomed at PetSmart. But as I read these reports from the site PetSmartkills and Born Free USA/Animal Protection Institute I really have to wonder about PetSmart's ability to handle animals. Maybe they need to take a long, hard look at their procedures or even having live animals and services in the stores that can't manage to hire capable staff.

Judge for yourself as you read through the following information.

Thanks to Brenda for barking in this site, PetSmartKills.com. This site was established because of a tragic incident in which a dog got loose from a PetSmart groomer and then none of the employees seem to have cared. The dog subsequently got out of the store and was killed by a car. Horrible!

Petsmart Killed a Houston Familys beloved dog

The Cohns took their beloved dog Max to a Houston Petsmart to get groomed for their annual holiday photo shoot. Instead of picking him up all fluffy and ready for his close up, they were left with the devastating news that Max has escaped and been killed in an accident.


The Cohns have decided to set up this website in memory of Max, to speak out about this horrible incident. They want others to know about PetSmart's polices and business practices and to be warned.

Born Free USA/Animal Protection Institute is asking everyone to contact PetSmart and ask them to stop selling live animals altogether. I've asked PetSmart managers why they sell live animals at all. What they tell me is that PetSmart top brass believes that people want to see live animals in a petstore. To their credit, PetSmart does not sell dogs or cats and actually allows rescue groups to showcase their pets needing homes. Kudos to PetSmart for that! But PetSmart, maybe its time to consider not selling birds and hamsters as well.

PETsMART Again Linked to Mistreated Animals
Published 01/23/08

Recently Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute alerted members to the discovery of diseased birds in 23 PETsMART stores that were linked to a distributor in Florida that mass-produces birds for PETsMART.

Now PETsMART is in the news again for allegations of animal mistreatment at one of its major animal suppliers. A story that aired on the Today show revealed appalling conditions that birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other small mammals are force to endure while used for breeding or awaiting shipment to PETsMART stores. Video footage shows sick and injured animals tossed in garbage cans and rabbits being neutered without proper veterinary protocols. View the Today show segment here.

Born Free USA is once again calling on PETsMART to discontinue its sale of birds and other live animals. You can let PETsMART know that you wont be shopping at its stores until live animal sales cease.

Contact:

PETsMART
19601 N. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
customercare@petsmart.com

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