Late last year, the Humane Society of the United States released an investigation revealing that Petland, one of the nation’s largest pet store chains, is also the largest retail supporter of puppy mills, selling young dogs bred in factory-like conditions, to unknowing dog-lovers who would not think of buying a new family dog from a puppy mill. The report explains that due to these irresponsible breeding practices, many the dogs are unhealthy from the moment they’re born and suffer from contagious infections, expensive and painful inherited conditions, and become part of heartbreaking stories that no family should ever have to cope with.
Well earlier this week, the Humane Society and other consumers filed a class action lawsuit against Petland and the Hunte Corporation to stop the company from engaging in the deceptive practices which encourage families to unknowingly buy from puppy mills. Though Petland denies the ties to the puppy mills, HSUS continues to fight the good fight to protect these helpless animals, and last weekend even launched their second round of protests at Petland stores nationwide.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release from the Humane Society of the United States:
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.
The class action lawsuit is the result of many months of investigative and legal research, and comes after an eight-month investigation into Petland stores by The HSUS that demonstrated a direct link between multiple Petland stores and unscrupulous puppy mills. Numerous other reports have also surfaced of Petland’s allegedly deceptive sales practices, including the marketing and sale of puppies with life-threatening genetic defects and highly contagious parasitic and viral infections.
For the full press release, click here.