November 21st 2008 10:48 am
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Today,we received this report from the Humane Society of the US (a 4 star rated charity by CharityNavigator.org, the international charity rating organization). We have been members of HSUS for many years and reports of all the wonderful work they do can be found at HSUS.org:
Today, The Humane Society of the United States released the results of a shocking investigation showing that pet store chain PETLAND INCORPORATED is the nation's largest retail supporter of puppy mills. Our national, eight-month investigation shows that Petland stores in multiple states are marketing dogs from cruel puppy mills to unsuspecting dog buyers. The investigation into PETLAND stores in Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, and other states revealed that many of the puppies sold at these stores came from massive commercial breeders in Missouri and other states in the Midwest where hundreds of breeding dogs are packed into filthy, crowded cages!
Most of the puppies bred at puppy mills are eventually sold over the Internet or through pet stores, including many PETLAND stores in the U.S. The unseen victims are the mother dogs who are forced to live their entire lives behind bars – without exercise, without socialization, without ever being part of a family or even seeing the outside of their cages.
Act locally by contacting a PETLAND franchise near you and tell them you are concerned about puppy mills!!
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
(We had to edit out some links because we didn't know how to put them in our diary), but you can visit HSUS.org to sign the petition to PETLAND or call/write any PETLAND stores in your area. PETLAND's website has a rebuttal of this report, slamming HSUS, but as we said before, HSUS is a 4 star (highest) rated charity from CharityNavigator.org...check 'em out!
We're so upset about this awful report and want to do everything possible to make PETLAND cease and desist from selling puppy mill puppies!
Sully & Socks
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