In November I posted an article concerning the investigation by The Humane Society into allegations that Petland buys puppies from puppy mills. Yesterday it was announced they are filing a class action lawsuit against Petland.
PHOENIX – Members of The Humane Society of the United States and other consumers filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Petland, Inc. and the Hunte Corporation are conspiring to sell unhealthy puppy mill puppies to unsuspecting consumers in numerous states. Petland is the nation’s largest chain of pet stores that sells puppy mill dogs and Hunte is one of the country’s largest distributors of factory-produced puppies.
The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Phoenix late Monday, alleges that Petland and Hunte violated federal law and numerous state consumer protection laws by misleading thousands of consumers across the country into believing that the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy and come from high-quality breeders. Many of the puppies sold by Petland come either directly from puppy mills or puppy brokers such as Hunte, which operates as a middleman between the mills and Petland’s retail stores.
“Unscrupulous dog dealers like Petland and Hunte reap massive profits by pushing unhealthy puppies on well-intentioned dog-lovers who would never knowingly buy a puppy mill dog,” said Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president & chief counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at The HSUS. “Families often bear the great expense of veterinary treatment for sick and unhealthy dogs, or the terrible anguish of losing a beloved family pet. This industry has been systematically lying to consumers for years about the source of the dogs they sell, and it’s long past time for a reckoning.”
The 34-page complaint consists of numerous examples of sick and dying dogs, it clearly shows the health of these dogs is not a concern. The main purpose of the puppy mill is about maximizing the profits, with no concern for the welfare of the dog.
I know there are states that have been working on banning the sale of dogs and cats from pet stores. While this most certainly won’t alleviate the problem in its entirety, it’s a step in the right direction. It would at least shut down one avenue of revenue.