Animal Planet Investigates Petland

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Karrie

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May 11, 2010
 
I just wanted to let as many people know about a show on Monday May 17th at 10pm called Animal Planet Investigates Petland.

It goes into detail about the Humane Society investigation into Petland and features some of the local stores (such as the Medina location that was shut down).

We need to educate more people about this important "topix" and really let people know where there puppy came from. If only we could get the Peland closed at Southpark mall, along with Pick of the Litter (amish puppy mills and back yard breeders) and Pet's Pajamas (amish puppy mills) closed as well!

If you want a puppy go to a responsible breeder and fact is a responsible breeder will NEVER EVER sell to a pet store! Also there are many puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats waiting for their forever homes at the shelters or petfinder.com ! You can find any dog you want from pure breds to mutts! Adopt Don't Shop or if you want to buy-buy from a reputable breeder!
Laren

Medina, OH

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May 11, 2010
 

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My last trip down to Amish Country I noticed a group of kids playing with some puppies. I went over and asked if they were for sale and they said the whole litter was already bought by Pick of the Litter. I ran into someone in that Moochie store inside of the mall (which is a horrible store-you can find everything cheaper online, PetSmart, or Petco. The company says they donate to local shelters and rescue groups they don't). Pick of the Litter got ran out of Brunswick because the guy was selling animals to labs for experiments. He also has animals in his store that you need a license for to have in your home.

Wish Southpark would get them out of there! I hate shopping at a mall that supports animal cruelty!
danielle

Warren, OH

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Oct 25, 2010
 
i purchased my baby victorian bulldog duke there a little over a year ago... i paid 1,200$ for him and immediately fell in love. He was the cutest puppy you would ever see.. i spoiled him and treated him like he was my child. i loved that dog more than anything. but when he was about six months old he turned aggressive it was to the point where we couldnt take him anywhere anymore he wouldnt let anyone besides me and my boyfriend approach him. he attacked numerous people. i poured thousands of dollars into him trying to fix his aggression problem but later found it couldnt be fixed i tried everything. he was the best dog ive ever had. very well trained and so loving to me and my boyfriend. i recently just had to put him down because his aggression and it was the hardest thing ive ever had to do in my life. when i called pick of the litter to tell them of my problems they said the only thing they could do was give me another puppy- right because i want to fall in love with another dog that probably would end up the same way? when i asked questions about dukes parents they were really stand offish and would not give me any information makes me think about where they really get their dogs.... so all and all i spent 1200 dollars on a dog that i got to keep for a year and now i have a lifetime to think about my baby that i will never get to see again. thanks a lot pick of the litter.
Anne

Lakewood, OH

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Apr 12, 2011
 

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Laren, the owner of Pick of the Litter sold his pet shop in Brunswick, he didn't get run out! He has NEVER sold animals to labs for experiments either! He wouldn't even sell a mouse for feed or that snakes in because he had to feed the live animals.Get your facts right before you open your mouth!
Krystal

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Apr 29, 2011
 

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Wow all of you have no idea what you are talking about. I actually am neighbors with the owner of Pick of the Litter, whose name is Tom. I lived across the street from the Exotic Pet shop actually and he treats his animals wonderfully. He doesn't get his animals from puppy mills or back street breeders, they are all resuces, get real. This man has dedicated his life to saving animals other people treated wrong and now your accusing him of doing that. There is obvious ignorance and lack of fact checking here.
Amy from Strongsville

Redford, MI

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May 6, 2011
 
re: the inhumane treatment of rats at the Petland at Southpark Mall in Strongsville, Ohio.
I visit the store regularly and observe that they are keeping rats in a small, glass cage. There are approx. 20 or so rats in one cage, maybe 2'x2', all one level. There are large and small rats mixed together. They are NOT separating the rats by sex! These rats are now indiscriminately breeding, even the very youngest females are pregnant. This is extremely poor husbandry for any animal. Other pet stores keep their rats separated, but when questioned about it, they used the excuse of limited space. This not a good excuse to let these animals breed randomly!
I am sickened by the ignorance of animal care that this displays, and would like to know how to register a complaint that will make a difference. One of the associates actually told me that "this is how they live in the wild", "how they get more rats"...this is so wrong!
I do not buy any animals from this store, I obtain my rats from a reputable breeder. I do not buy any feed or anything from them. I go in to check on the conditions they are keeping these animals in, and to regularly give them an earful about the care these animals are receiving. The coats on the rats look unkempt, and usually rats keep themselves meticulously groomed. The small quarters and mixing of the sexes is inexcusable. If there is any way to put a stop to this, please help. They also keep the hamsters and mice the same way, except that the smaller size of these animals gives them more room.
Kathleen

Strongsville, OH

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Jul 30, 2012
 

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Let me set a few of you people straight:
All dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. There are no exceptions, that's the truth in every situation.
Pick of the Litter's arrogance continues to stun me; from where they buy their dogs and how they keep them, to the shirts that they wear in their store. They are racist, arrogant contributors to animal abuse.
Now on Petland-
Petland has been busted by several animal rights organizations for the truth behind where they get their puppies from. If you are even going to attempt to say I am wrong, go on youtube and watch the Petland Investigation video.
All pet stores that sell dogs disgust me, and I am currently working on protesting Pick of the Litter and Petland, in order to get them the hell out of Strongsville and all other towns.
Renee

Cleveland, OH

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#8
Oct 3, 2012
 
Going into Petland or Pick of the Litter depresses me. I have three rescued pups in my family, my first from the Cleveland APL, the second was found as a member of a litter abandoned by a garbage dumpster in Medina, and the third from Berea Animal Rescue. There are so many wonderful dogs out there that desperately need homes. And these wonderful animals don't cost hundreds of dollars! The pit mix I adopted from Berea Animal Rescue cost less to adopt than the kennel I purchased for her! If you want a wonderful canine family member, please PLEASE PLEASE think about giving a forever home to a dog at one of the local rescues. Mutts are the best!!!
Melissa

Brunswick, OH

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Oct 20, 2012
 
We adopted a kitten from Pick of the Litter a couple of months ago and have had no issues with her. The owner has been around the Brunswick/Strongsville for as long as I can remember and he's the last person who would promote cruelty to animals. If you walk into the store, you'll see that they're cautious about people touching the animals and they do care about them. Tom will walk the dogs daily, or others come in to do so, in order to ensure that they are exercised. There's a huge difference between Pick of the Litter and Petland.
Danielle - as a responsible pet owner, you should ask for papers and information about bloodlines prior to purchasing a dog. I'm sorry you had issues, but you need to research next time.
Lindsay

Venetia, PA

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Dec 22, 2012
 
My boyfriend and I went to Petland to shop for mice, because it's the closest pet store to where I live. We looked in the mice cage, and (like the rats) the mice were tightly packed in a small space. They had to walk on top of each other to get around. One had a giant bite mark on its back, and there was clearly only one mice cage, which made us think the mice were not separated by sex, but no pet store is that stupid, right? We decided to ask. This is the exact conversation:

Me: Excuse me...do you separate your mice by sex?
Employee: No. Why? Are they procreating up front?

We left.
Linda

Wellington, OH

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Jan 31, 2013
 
When Pick of the Litter was in brunswick I took several stray cats to Tom (the owner) and he took them into his store and sold them. I also bought my almost 12 year old dog from him for 350-380 and hes doing wonderfully. I also volunteered there for a while. He cares very much for animals.
Petland in the mall - I HATE IT. I wish they would get shut down. The last time i was in there (2010 ish) they had cockatiels and lovebirds in together and the lovebirds were attacking the cockatiels, they had wounds all over there feet. lovebirds are very aggressive and can't be housed with other animals.
Michaellanne

Brunswick, OH

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Mar 26, 2013
 
I agree! I know Tom and purchased my chihuahua from him. I see how he is around those animals. He takes really good care of them and they are certainly not animals from a puppy mill. And as far as animals that you need a license for, that is YOUR responsibility! Some of the puppies are from local breeders, but they are not puppy mills. He also does a lot for local rescues.
Krystal wrote:
Wow all of you have no idea what you are talking about. I actually am neighbors with the owner of Pick of the Litter, whose name is Tom. I lived across the street from the Exotic Pet shop actually and he treats his animals wonderfully. He doesn't get his animals from puppy mills or back street breeders, they are all resuces, get real. This man has dedicated his life to saving animals other people treated wrong and now your accusing him of doing that. There is obvious ignorance and lack of fact checking here.
Amber

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Jun 12, 2013
 
Krystal wrote:
Wow all of you have no idea what you are talking about. I actually am neighbors with the owner of Pick of the Litter, whose name is Tom. I lived across the street from the Exotic Pet shop actually and he treats his animals wonderfully. He doesn't get his animals from puppy mills or back street breeders, they are all resuces, get real. This man has dedicated his life to saving animals other people treated wrong and now your accusing him of doing that. There is obvious ignorance and lack of fact checking here.
these people are really making me mad..pick of the litter is better than Petland. The pine is better than the wired cages petland's puppies are in..it hurts their paws..the tanks are also better because it gives them more room other than the little cages that Petland has
Amber

Cleveland, OH

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Jun 12, 2013
 
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You people are funny that stick up for the owner of pick of the litter...I don't care if you lived next to him or known him from for years or done business with him for years..I'm sure when he gets his shipment of dogs in he's not gonna tell you he got them from a puppy mill... I bought a dog from them an when you start asking for papers or info on the dogs family they cant come up with any hmmm I wonder why????....if he bought his animals from a reputable breeder he would have proof of it same with rescued dogs if he got them from a shelter he would have proof of adoption...an to keep dogs in small fish tanks is point blank fucked up an In humane..poor people shouldn't be allowed to own a store like that if they can't afford to properly cage the animals
They gave me paperwork on updated shots and the date my puppy was born! The pine is better for the animals.. Cages have wired floors that hurt puppies paws! The fish tanks are bigger and give them room! They are very responsible
Sasha

Brunswick, OH

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Jul 21, 2013
 
I adopted a kitten here who is literally the cutest little cat. Unfortunately that is the only good thing I have to say about this place! After adopting the kitten she seemed lethargic and only wanted to cuddle which I didn't mind but I knew something was up. I took the kitten to a vet I was comfortable with since the people at the shop were very rude and did not make me feel comfortable at all. Upon inspection they told me my kitten had a upper respiratory infection which was caused by cat herpes (luckily not spreadable to humans!) The vet was very concerned about her weight and said she was very dehydrated so I gladly payed the bill got her meds and such and was on my way. After about a week my kitten was looking so much better and was a playful little cat. Then I get a call from pick of the litter saying a cat had been returned with what else but ringworm and after inspecting my cat what else do i find but some good old ringworm oh joy! They told me I could bring her in for a sulfur bath and that I would have to come weekly to get rid of it... excuse my language but fuck that why on earth would I bring this cat right back to the place she got all of this crap from?! This place is a JOKE and obviously does not know the proper sanitation they need to take to ensure healthy animals. The woman working the day I went in was so mean to the dogs yelling and even cussing all while children and customers were around. I love my kitten and I don't care about the vet bills I just want her to be healthy and happy but these people should be ashamed of the way they treat animals :(
I shut down puppy mills

Avon Lake, OH

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Aug 20, 2013
 
Petland is a notorious broker. If you research the animals back to where they came from and go to the address provided there is often no real residence or it is a puppy mill. I shut down a puppy mill in berlin in 2009, then the same man relocated and started giving his puppies to Petland in 2011 and I fought to stop him again.
Pick of the Litter. I don't care who the owner is, or where he is from. There is a correct way and incorrect way to make finding puppies a home, your life's work. I walked into that place shortly after opening one day and OBSERVED the girl giving the puppies Metronidazole, flagyl, it is used to treat bacterial infections. Dogs do NOT need this unless they have or have been exposed to giardia,coccidia, etc. This is unacceptable.

I am appalled and if Southpark wasn't getting such a hefty lease payment from both of the places they would be gone. Money makes the world go round. And it is the source of all evil. In this case puppy brokers. I've seen the white van pull up to the mall at odd hours to deliver the dogs. I lived right down the street. Had a few people down in coshocton and holmes county give me tips on when it was going to happen. It's really terrifying what is going on in most of southern ohio.
Renee

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Sep 2, 2013
 
Pet Stores = overbreeding and shelter animals die. If they want to "save" animals why are they not getting them from shelters, there are plenty of puppies in shelters.

Get them from a private breeder if you want a certain breed and do your research. If you don't see the parents, you have no clue what your getting.

Most kittens are put down the day they arrive at shelters. So why are they not getting them from there to sell.
Laura

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Jan 19, 2014
 
Laren wrote:
My last trip down to Amish Country I noticed a group of kids playing with some puppies. I went over and asked if they were for sale and they said the whole litter was already bought by Pick of the Litter. I ran into someone in that Moochie store inside of the mall (which is a horrible store-you can find everything cheaper online, PetSmart, or Petco. The company says they donate to local shelters and rescue groups they don't). Pick of the Litter got ran out of Brunswick because the guy was selling animals to labs for experiments. He also has animals in his store that you need a license for to have in your home.
Wish Southpark would get them out of there! I hate shopping at a mall that supports animal cruelty!
In response to your accusations about The shop getting "ran" out of Brunswick, I will first tell you I have zero tolerance for stupid people! They were not in any means ran out of Brunswick. Secondly I actually worked in this shop and there NO animals were ever sold to labs for testing! If anything he took in animals that people abused or neglected in hopes of treating and finding a new forever home! Yes at times the store may have been loud and chaotic but that's because this guy has such a huge heart for animals!!! He would go without and put their needs first!!! So in the future get your facts straight!!! Like I said I have no tolerance for stupidity!!
ERIKA

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Feb 3, 2014
 
I purchased a puppy from petland and although it was pricey, he turned out great. he did begin to show aggression towards strangers but hes sweet and just takes some time to warm up to outsiders. pick of the litter made me sick to my stomach though. ugh. my recent puppy was from a breeder and I feel like that's a better route.
Michelle

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Feb 12, 2014
 
I just have to say that today when I went into this store I witnessed neurotic behavior on behalf of the animals, cages were dirty, no toys in cages, dogs tearing and chewing on top of the cage aka fish tanks and a cat repetitively walking back and forth nonstop. No water in half the bowls I saw. Very cute animals. I do not know where these pups and kittens come from but I can say there is not enough room to keep all these pups/cats, they are becoming neurotic and they are all very high priced. Was not happy with the conditions they were being kept in and I will make a report on it.

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