No Surprise – Petland CEO doesn’t like bans on puppy sales in stores

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There is a lot to pick on in this story. The CEO of Petland – a company well-known for selling puppies – doesn’t want to see bans on the sales on puppies in stores. The city ordinances in question are designed to shut down the sale of puppy mill dogs.

Joe Watson claims only two percent of puppies are even sold in stores, as reported by the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.

The Lancaster Eagle Gazette also notes almost 50 cities around the nation have banned puppy sales in retail outlets. (Although the publication incorrectly states the bans have “effectively outlawed retail pet shops.” – No the pet shops can stay open. They just can’t sell dogs.)

And get this from the article:

Petland defends its sourcing of puppies, saying they come from U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed breeders and distributors, with no direct violations on their latest inspection report …

Oh … so it’s no violations from “their latest inspection report.” What about the prior reports? And really, this “we sell puppies from USDA licensed breeders” just isn’t saying much at all. That defense just doesn’t hold water. The regulations and punishments are far too weak from the USDA.

And of course, as is the case in my home city, all of our pet stores are doing great – without selling dogs and cats. The national chains are hosting adoption events each weekend.

Any suggestion that Petland has to sell puppies is just not based in reality.

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One Response to “No Surprise – Petland CEO doesn’t like bans on puppy sales in stores”

  1. NanNo Gravatar says:

    Good grief. PetCo and Petsmart hold adoption events. Those store’s sales are no doing shabby.

    I’d never walk into a store with ‘For sale’ puppies, except to lodge a complaint.

    Perhaps he has not gotten past the old mentality of ‘how much is that doggie in the window’.

    I’m sad for the dogs, because despite what he says, the puppy mills thrive and still supply.

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