Animal cruelty is a very real thing, and it’s happening every day at pet stores across the country. Petco is one of the worst offenders. They sell live animals, and they don’t care about the welfare of those animals.
Petco is a national pet store chain that sells both live animals and pet supplies. They have been in business since 1965 and have over 1,500 locations across the United States. They sell all sorts of animals, including dogs, cats, reptiles, rodents, birds, and fish.
Petco has been accused of cruelty to animals on multiple occasions. In 2012, they were fined $3 million for selling sick animals to customers. In 2015, they were fined again, this time for $1.2 million, for selling sick and injured animals.
In 2016, Petco was caught selling puppies that had been bred in Puppy Mills. Puppy Mills are commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce puppies for sale. The conditions in these mills are often deplorable, with the puppies living in cramped wire cages and being fed sub-standard food.
The Humane Society of the United States has also accused Petco of animal cruelty on multiple occasions. In 2009, they released a report detailing the findings of their investigation into Petco’s suppliers. The report found that Petco was buying puppies from mills that kept dogs in “inhumane conditions.”
Petco has denied all accusations of animal cruelty, but the evidence speaks for itself. There is no doubt that Petco is cruel to animals, and they should be avoided at all cost.