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Puggle puppy lying directly on the wire in a bare plexiglass cube at Petland Pet Store in Pilwaukee, WI, 10 Feb 09

Petland Pet Store, Pewaukee, WI, 10 Feb 09: The pup lies on bare wire in a brightly-lit, plexiglass-fronted cube scarcely large enough for him to turn around in. See that little circle in the wall with the pipe sticking through? That's attached to a rabbit-style water bottle -- we can't tell whether it's full or empty, and who has taught the pup how to drink out of it? He has no toys, no mat, no blankie; no treats or chewies or food bowl in evidence. No place to play, nothing to do all day but lie there. This little "puggle's" eyes say it all.

BUT THAT'S OK, says the Petland website, because this is a "state of the art" puppy-selling facility -- and "Petland’s custom-designed kennels are larger in all dimensions than recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture."




       At a news conference on 20 November 2008, the Humane Society of the United States announced the result of an eight-month investigation into Petland Pet Stores. This investigation graphically documents what we have known all along: even though management will deny it, the vast majority of puppies sold in pet stores -- not just Petland, but ALL pet stores -- are bred in puppy mills!

 pawprint bullet point   Read the original 2008 HSUS Investigation Linking Petland to Puppy Mills   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Petland: The HSUS Investigations Timeline/ Links, 2008 - 2010 (HSUS)   pawprint bullet point

       Look again at the cube this pup lives in, and remember the statement that this exceeds USDA recommendations. Can you imagine, then, what the USDA approves for his parents, back in the "licensed breeding facilities?" Can you imagine the hopelessness and despair in their eyes?

       In this section, we'd like to show you why we support pet store protests, -- though photos and stories sent to us by visitors to our site, of their experiences with pet store pets, and through "undercover" visits by anti-puppy mill volunteers.

       Please note: Most pet sellers in Wisconsin are now regulated by Act 90/s.173.41, the WI Dog Seller Program, as are most commercial dog breeders. Even so, many dog sellers, such as Petland, are still importing puppy mill dogs for sale from other states. PLEASE, NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store!

       If you have personally encountered any problems at a Petland (or with any other Wisconsin dog seller), please see our How To File a Complaint With the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection page.


"...if one person is unkind to an animal, it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people." --  Ruth Harrison


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