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Activists demonstrate against Animal Zone pet shop in Midway Mall

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Animal-rights activists picketed across the street from Midway Mall at noon Saturday, protesting conditions at the Animal Zone pet store inside."We don't believe in what's going on there.

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no name

Corry, PA

#21 Aug 19, 2008
Maureen wrote:
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People don't know how to throw things away like excess bird droppings coating the bottom of a bird cage. Yes, you are right about that. I know what I am talking about because I have 2 birds. I don't know how often the cages are cleaned in that store, but it looks like once a week. If the cages were being cleaned daily they wouldn't look like they do. You should be ashamed of yourself for stating you take good care of any animal in that store.
LIKE I SAID I DO MY JOB AND I DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE AND I ALSO OWN ANIMALS AND THEIR ALL IN PERFECT HEALTH SO KEEP WHINING AND FIND SOMETHING ELS TO DO
Sherine

North Royalton, OH

#22 Sep 9, 2008
i just got a pom puppy 9/8/08 from animal zone in elyria and already had the vet check it and it has two kinds of worms. I even asked the 2 kid's working there if the puppys were de~wormed? they both told me they de~worm the puppy's, well let me tell you by the count of worms in the puppys poo, that was a bold faced lie! i bought the puppy at 6:30pm 9/8/08 and had it vet checked 9:15am 9/9/08 in 14 hrs, my vet said this puppy has had worms for at least a week because there are two kinds of worms and there are a lot of them but at least the fleas it had were not to bad so the front line i got from the vet will fix that in a few day's the guy who owns this dive should be in a cage himself.
so guess what two kind's of worms and fleas IS selling a sick puppy!! NOT TO MENTION THEY JUST REMEBERED TO PUT WATER IN THE POM CADGE WHEN I ASKED ABOUT THE PUPPY , THAT I ENDED UP SAVING FROM THESE FOOLS. AND I DID POST MY NAME BECAUSE THIS PLACE IS CRAP!
no name

Corry, PA

#23 Sep 9, 2008
Sherine wrote:
i just got a pom puppy 9/8/08 from animal zone in elyria and already had the vet check it and it has two kinds of worms. I even asked the 2 kid's working there if the puppys were de~wormed? they both told me they de~worm the puppy's, well let me tell you by the count of worms in the puppys poo, that was a bold faced lie! i bought the puppy at 6:30pm 9/8/08 and had it vet checked 9:15am 9/9/08 in 14 hrs, my vet said this puppy has had worms for at least a week because there are two kinds of worms and there are a lot of them but at least the fleas it had were not to bad so the front line i got from the vet will fix that in a few day's the guy who owns this dive should be in a cage himself.
so guess what two kind's of worms and fleas IS selling a sick puppy!! NOT TO MENTION THEY JUST REMEBERED TO PUT WATER IN THE POM CADGE WHEN I ASKED ABOUT THE PUPPY , THAT I ENDED UP SAVING FROM THESE FOOLS. AND I DID POST MY NAME BECAUSE THIS PLACE IS CRAP!
you must have been the one who was saying i got money and lots of it and yes the puppy was wormed if u had a brain than u know that worms have to come out some way and poop is it and the guys that work at night are really nice but their kids and good you for u posting your name i have your name and your address and remember there's a no return policy
Sherine

North Royalton, OH

#24 Sep 9, 2008
The worms this puppy shit out were longer then the dog, It needed two different meds and i would never return a puppy back into that crap hole, And i do have the money to save puppies from inhuman places like this saying "remember there's a no return policy ." is just what i expected from this place, i aready payed to get it on the way to being healthy, why in the hell would i bring it back to you're worm factory. worm you're dog's creep it's getting out of hand with you how many times have you been reported and on the news???? riddle me that riddler. judge for you're self google Animal zone OH. didn't they shut you down in north olmstead? I thought so ~have a nice day.
no name

Corry, PA

#25 Sep 10, 2008
Sherine wrote:
The worms this puppy shit out were longer then the dog, It needed two different meds and i would never return a puppy back into that crap hole, And i do have the money to save puppies from inhuman places like this saying "remember there's a no return policy ." is just what i expected from this place, i aready payed to get it on the way to being healthy, why in the hell would i bring it back to you're worm factory. worm you're dog's creep it's getting out of hand with you how many times have you been reported and on the news???? riddle me that riddler. judge for you're self google Animal zone OH. didn't they shut you down in north olmstead? I thought so ~have a nice day.
like i said stupid we did worm the puppies and they need to shit them out they don't throw up all the worms stupid ass and i did not work at the other store and its assholes like you that dont have anything to but bitch about everything oh u must be one of those people who have 100 dogs in their home that we read about and the humane officers need to raid your house to rescue the animals because u hord thim
Tony

Cleveland, OH

#26 Sep 10, 2008
No Name, why don't you post your name of who you are, you sound pretty tough when you can be anonymous. Why not let everyone know who you are if you don't sell sick animals then you have nothing to hide. Also the language that you use as a business person whether or not someone else used it first is unacceptable, defending yourself by name calling and using profanities only makes you look bad and as a consumer if I was trying to debunk the rumors of your business, you just solidified them by your actions.
no name

Corry, PA

#27 Sep 10, 2008
Tony wrote:
No Name, why don't you post your name of who you are, you sound pretty tough when you can be anonymous. Why not let everyone know who you are if you don't sell sick animals then you have nothing to hide. Also the language that you use as a business person whether or not someone else used it first is unacceptable, defending yourself by name calling and using profanities only makes you look bad and as a consumer if I was trying to debunk the rumors of your business, you just solidified them by your actions.
i have posted my name and i dont have anything to hide and I'm not at work so how i chose to use my words is none of your business and and who cares if u don't believe how the animals are not misstreated i work my ass off cleaning up the store when i work and the animals never left in their dirty cages I'm always changing them so i like to know how the store is dirty or nasty or have u ever been in the store? or are u just saying what u herd from someone else?
Maureen

Akron, OH

#28 Sep 10, 2008
No return policy? Oh that's nice. Just goes to show how irresponsible the owner of this store is. Any responsible pet store- as if that would never happen- would take an animal back if there were something wrong with it.
NMG

Akron, OH

#29 Sep 11, 2008
Actually, Amy, how you choose to use your words is everyone's business as you're posting on a public forum. Unfortunately, you have chosen to be a representative of Animal Zone on this site and your behavior is a disgrace. If you truly are an employee and not a troll, be happy you aren't mine as you'd have been terminated after your first post.

Sherine, I'm sorry to hear about your dog. I hope his health bounces back.

Please remember, everyone, that when you see a pet shop in this type of condition the first inclination is to 'rescue' the animals in their care. However, by purchasing an animal, be it dog, cat, reptile or bird, you are only making room for another to take its place. Turn your support to rescue and/or responsible breeders.
no name

Corry, PA

#30 Sep 11, 2008
NMG wrote:
Actually, Amy, how you choose to use your words is everyone's business as you're posting on a public forum. Unfortunately, you have chosen to be a representative of Animal Zone on this site and your behavior is a disgrace. If you truly are an employee and not a troll, be happy you aren't mine as you'd have been terminated after your first post.
Sherine, I'm sorry to hear about your dog. I hope his health bounces back.
Please remember, everyone, that when you see a pet shop in this type of condition the first inclination is to 'rescue' the animals in their care. However, by purchasing an animal, be it dog, cat, reptile or bird, you are only making room for another to take its place. Turn your support to rescue and/or responsible breeders.
well i see u found my name and u can read i have done nothing wrong and i still like to know what u mean by dirty conditions i do work my ass of at my job and people like u make me crazy our store has done nothing wrong but people are hell bent on trying to get us st close and why what has the store owner done? its not our fault people cant fallow our vet agreement there are things u have to fallow for our vet and if u dont we wont pay for it and its all in black and white all i have to say is i do my job and i dont care what everyone else says or does i know i go o bed every night knowing i did my ob for the day! oh and i am happy the little poms is fine and worms are just part of being a puppy and we did treat it and she was given the right information on the puppy no one was trying to lie to her

Since: Sep 08

North Royalton, OH

#31 Sep 14, 2008
This is not an attack on the kid's that work at the animal zone. this is a effort to inform and educate people on the owner Sam Mazzola ,and some of his back ground with the mistreatment and low standers he has shown to the animals in his care
here are some facts I've found by just googling his name and this is some pretty scary stuff that he has been up to. Again study and judge for you're self ..........
USDA pins Sam Mazzola's bear-wrestling act
Posted by Molly Kavanaugh September 08, 2008 23:21PM
Categories: Animals, Breaking News, Crime
Roadell Hickman/Plain Dealer file
For about 25 years, Sam Mazzola has been taking his act to various venues and would invite audience members to wrestle his bears. The USDA fined Mazzola almost $14,000 for exhbiting his act without a license.Controversial bear wrestler and showman Sam Mazzola has been permanently stripped of his federal license to exhibit exotic animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also recently fined Mazzola $13,950 for exhibiting his bear-wrestling act without a license, refusing to allow an inspection of an exhibit, threatening, abusing and harassing federal officials and illegally selling skunks at his Animal Zone pet store in Elyria, according to court records.
For about 25 years, Mazzola has been taking his act to college-town bars, county fairs and other venues and would invite audience members to wrestle his bears.
He could not be reached for comment on Monday. His attorney also could not be reached.
Mazzola, of Columbia Township, has defended the act, saying 22,000 people have wrestled his bears without any major injury.
"I have fought for my right to do what I do for 20 years. I will not stop now. I'm going to continue to fight," Mazzola told a reporter in March 2007.
Last year his bear-wrestling exhibit, with 1,000-pound Caesar, was yanked from the International Exposition Center's Cleveland Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show because he did not have a valid exhibitor's license.
For much of Mazzola's career, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed complaints against him, alleging that he mistreated his animals and allowed the public to get too close to them, spokeswoman Lisa Wathne said.
"It's been an abomination. It took USDA far too long. Thank goodness it happened," Wathne said.
She said that PETA will continue to keep an eye on Mazzola. "This man is not real concerned with the law," she said.
The 19-day hearing in Cleveland concluded in July. Mazzola has 30 days to appeal the decision, but USDA spokeswoman Cindy Ragin did not know if he had done so.

Since: Sep 08

North Royalton, OH

#32 Sep 14, 2008
ALSO.
Sam Mazzola’s World Animal Studios (also operates under the name Wildlife Adventures of Ohio) has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited World Animal Studios numerous times for failure to have a responsible person available for inspections as well as for housing incompatible species and poor housekeeping. The USDA issued an official warning to World Animal Studios for operating without a license. World Animal Studios’ bear “wrestling” event has been canceled in several communities that considered it dangerous and inhumane. Bears with World Animal Studios have caused injuries to the public and property damage. Contact PETA for documentation.
Animals in recent inventory: tigers, lions, bears, ocelots, caracals, a cougar, a leopard, foxes, and lemurs.
May 26, 2006: According to the Free Times, Mazzola’s bear, named Ceasar, who was forced to wrestle drunken contenders at a nightclub in downtown Akron, Ohio, appeared to be drugged and was “smacked in the face” when he nipped at a man’s shoulder.
February 23, 2006: The USDA filed a Complaint and Order to Show Cause against Mazzola seeking revocation of his license. The complaint alleges that Mazzola handled and housed animals in a manner that risked the safety of the animals and members of the public and continually failed to comply with the Animal Welfare Act after having been repeatedly advised of deficiencies.
Between 2001 and 2005, the USDA cited World Animal Studios six times for making false statements and providing false records to the USDA, four times for violating safety regulations by allowing customers into enclosures with adult tigers and bears, one weighing over 700 pounds, and three times for failing to safely contain adult tigers, bears, and juvenile wolves.
The USDA’s complaint states,“[R]espondent’s conduct over the period covered by this complaint reveals a consistent disregard for, and unwillingness to abide by, the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act and the Regulations and Standards.”
September 10, 2003: The USDA noted,“The safety risk to the public (persons being photographed with the animals) was discussed with the owner. Persons being close to the head of an adult bear while being photographed, with a trained handler controlling a leash attached to a collar around the bear’s neck may be a risk to the person.”
September 19, 2000: The USDA cited World Animal Studios for failure to have a responsible person available in order that an inspection could be performed.
August 29, 1998: According to theDayton Daily News, the Darke County Fair Board ordered World Animal Studios to leave the Ohio fair after it determined that having children and adults pose for pictures with wild animals is unsafe and inappropriate. World Animal Studios offered photo ops with a bear and a tiger. The humane society had also received several complaints that the bear appeared to be drugged.
May 7, 1998: The USDA cited World Animal Studios for housing predator and prey animals near each other.
April 1, 1998: The USDA cited World Animal Studios for failure to have a responsible person available in order that an inspection could be performed.

Since: Sep 08

North Royalton, OH

#33 Sep 14, 2008
February 7, 1997: Super Sales, a traveling flea market, "decided to terminate its contract with World Animal Studios." The exhibitor had been featuring a 4-year-old black bear, who was poked, prodded, and pulled in order to make him sit upright for the camera, in photo ops with the public.
November 4, 1996: World Animal Studios was cited by the USDA for poor housekeeping.
June 19, 1994: The USDA cited World Animal Studios for failure to have a responsible person available in order that an inspection could be performed.
May 18, 1994:Officials with the Department of Natural Resources in Winnipeg, Manitoba, warned that they would seize World Animal Studios' bear and charge handlers with illegally bringing a wild animal into the province if a scheduled "wrestling" match at the Continental Motor Inn took place
February 3, 1994: The USDA cited World Animal Studios for failure to have a responsible person available in order that an inspection could be performed.
January 1994: Mazzola called 911 to report that former employees had taken his handgun and fired at him. Mazzola later pleaded guilty to charges of violating an Ohio law that prohibits convicted felons from possessing a firearm.
November 24, 1993: The USDA issued World Animal Studios an official warning for failure to obtain a license prior to engaging in USDA-regulated activities
November 16, 1993: According toThe Columbus Dispatch, B.K. Flyers Nite Club decided to cancel World Animal Studios' bear "wrestling" events in response to numerous complaints, which included a strong objection from the mayor. For $10, customers could "wrestle" the bear and win $1,000 for pinning him to the ground.
January 23, 1993: The Courier-Journal reported that a Jefferson Circuit Court judge in Kentucky decided that World Animals Studios' bear "wrestling" would violate a state law that prohibits an animal from being matched against another animal or a person. The bear had been scheduled to appear at the Toy Tiger Lounge. The judge also commented that the match would probably not be much fun for the bear.
no name

United States

#34 Sep 14, 2008
well SAM does not own animal zone i checked and he is not the owner.you can call the store and ask and u will find out for yourselves

Since: Sep 08

North Royalton, OH

#35 Sep 14, 2008
then why is he the person you right the check to when you buy from here?????

Since: Sep 08

North Royalton, OH

#36 Sep 14, 2008
ALSO THIS PAGE FROM THE CHRONICLE TELEGRAM READS ..."Animal Zone spokesman Sam Mazzola."
READ IT FOR YOU'RE SELF HERE OR AT THE CHRONICLE ONLINE.
Activists demonstrate against Animal Zone pet shop in Midway Mall
Jason Hawk | The Chronicle-Telegram
ELYRIA — Animal-rights activists picketed across the street from Midway Mall at noon Saturday, protesting conditions at the Animal Zone pet store inside.“We don’t believe in what’s going on there. It’s unhealthy animals coming in there,” local humane investigator Becky Ayers said.
She was one of about 40 protesters hoisting signs that read “Prisoners of Cruelty,”“Opt to Adopt,”“Seven Million Died, Why Buy?” and “We are the Voices for These Animals.”
Ayers said she gets as many as 10 complaints each week about a lack of proper care for pets being sold at Animal Zone, and accused store owners of sometimes selling sick animals.
Several people have purchased pets there that have died within a week, she said.
Deborah Parker, who runs St. Francis Animal Sanctuary in Vermilion, said many dogs housed at the store are infected by parvovirus, a highly contagious disease that causes violent diarrhea and bleeding and is sometimes fatal.
Animal Zone spokesman Sam Mazzola denied there were any parvovirus infections at his store.
The last time the disease affected his animals was three years ago, and he said it took the life of a single puppy.
“I had to destroy one of my dogs,” Mazzola said.“It went to sleep in my hands and died. I had nightmares for three days. I said that since then, whatever the cost, I would try to save the dogs.”
Veterinarians check the animals on a regular basis, and there is always ample space, food and water for pets, he said.
Mazzola, who said the store sells about 1,100 to 1,200 dogs per year, said there are many complaints to mall management, but he sells each animal with two years of free medical coverage in case there is a problem.
“You can’t guarantee every dog is going to be perfectly healthy. But you have to have a good plan in place if something does go wrong with a puppy’s health,” he said after the protesters left Saturday.“You can’t just leave customers hanging out there.”
Parker said conditions at Animal Zone are not quite what Mazzola described. She said the store euthanizes many sick puppies and often does not adequately feed animals.
She said that prior to the protest, one of the picketers went into the store and saw employees eating fast food while puppies didn’t have any food or water.
Ayers said she’s seen emaciated puppies, bloody feces, poor ventilation and stressed birds plucking out their feathers at Animal Zone.
She also objected to the idea of window-shopping for pets and buying them on impulse at the mall.
“People go in there to purchase an animal, a lot of times just for the moment. There’s a big difference between buying a puppy and buying a pair of jeans,” she said.“You can’t just throw a puppy in the back of a closet when you don’t like it anymore.”
Mazzola, who sold the store in December but remains on staff, said he understands the protesters’ feelings, but their complaints are unfounded.
“Cats and dogs are very emotional products. People get upset when I call them that, but they are merchandise,” he said.“We give them all the respect we can, but we’re running a business.”
Earlier this year, Mazzola had been the focus of U.S. Department of Agriculture hearings over allegations that he endangered the public by letting people wrestle a black bear named Caesar at public events and by keeping tigers in open-topped cages.
Animal Zone’s location at Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted also was the subject of controversy in October 2006 when an Animal Protection League investigator seized a puppy and six kittens he said were being mistreated.
Contact Jason Hawk [email protected]

Since: Sep 08

North Royalton, OH

#37 Sep 14, 2008
And why does the chronicle telegram online say that he is the spokesmen??? and if he is just staff now why was he the one that you right the check to and not animal zone or a new owner????

Activists demonstrate against Animal Zone pet shop in Midway Mall
Jason Hawk The Chronicle-Telegram
ELYRIA — Animal-rights activists picketed across the street from Midway Mall at noon Saturday, protesting conditions at the Animal Zone pet store inside.“We don’t believe in what’s going on there. It’s unhealthy animals coming in there,” local humane investigator Becky Ayers said.

She was one of about 40 protesters hoisting signs that read “Prisoners of Cruelty,”“Opt to Adopt,”“Seven Million Died, Why Buy?” and “We are the Voices for These Animals.”

Ayers said she gets as many as 10 complaints each week about a lack of proper care for pets being sold at Animal Zone, and accused store owners of sometimes selling sick animals.

Several people have purchased pets there that have died within a week, she said.

Deborah Parker, who runs St. Francis Animal Sanctuary in Vermilion, said many dogs housed at the store are infected by parvovirus, a highly contagious disease that causes violent diarrhea and bleeding and is sometimes fatal.

Animal Zone spokesman Sam Mazzola denied there were any parvovirus infections at his store.

The last time the disease affected his animals was three years ago, and he said it took the life of a single puppy.

“I had to destroy one of my dogs,” Mazzola said.“It went to sleep in my hands and died. I had nightmares for three days. I said that since then, whatever the cost, I would try to save the dogs.”

Veterinarians check the animals on a regular basis, and there is always ample space, food and water for pets, he said.

Mazzola, who said the store sells about 1,100 to 1,200 dogs per year, said there are many complaints to mall management, but he sells each animal with two years of free medical coverage in case there is a problem.

“You can’t guarantee every dog is going to be perfectly healthy. But you have to have a good plan in place if something does go wrong with a puppy’s health,” he said after the protesters left Saturday.“You can’t just leave customers hanging out there.”

Parker said conditions at Animal Zone are not quite what Mazzola described. She said the store euthanizes many sick puppies and often does not adequately feed animals.

She said that prior to the protest, one of the picketers went into the store and saw employees eating fast food while puppies didn’t have any food or water.

Ayers said she’s seen emaciated puppies, bloody feces, poor ventilation and stressed birds plucking out their feathers at Animal Zone.

She also objected to the idea of window-shopping for pets and buying them on impulse at the mall.

“People go in there to purchase an animal, a lot of times just for the moment. There’s a big difference between buying a puppy and buying a pair of jeans,” she said.“You can’t just throw a puppy in the back of a closet when you don’t like it anymore.”

Mazzola, who sold the store in December but remains on staff, said he understands the protesters’ feelings, but their complaints are unfounded.

“Cats and dogs are very emotional products. People get upset when I call them that, but they are merchandise,” he said.“We give them all the respect we can, but we’re running a business.”

Earlier this year, Mazzola had been the focus of U.S. Department of Agriculture hearings over allegations that he endangered the public by letting people wrestle a black bear named Caesar at public events and by keeping tigers in open-topped cages.

Animal Zone’s location at Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted also was the subject of controversy in October 2006 when an Animal Protection League investigator seized a puppy and six kittens he said were being mistreated.

Contact Jason Hawk
no name

Corry, PA

#38 Sep 14, 2008
spokesman does not have to mean owner and that's not who signs my pay check

Since: Sep 08

North Royalton, OH

#39 Sep 15, 2008
NOT SIGNS YOU'RE CHECK. WHEN I BOUGHT MY PUPPY THE KID'S AT THE REGESTER SAID MAKE THE CHECK OUT TO SAM MAZZOLA NOT ANIMAL ZONE WHY IS THAT???????
THAT SOUNDS LIKE ANIMAL ZONE THE COMPANY IS TRYING TO AVOID TAXES? OR SAM IS TRYING TO COVER UP ,HIM BEING THE ONE IN CHARGE STILL?
no name

Corry, PA

#40 Sep 15, 2008
sherine wrote:
NOT SIGNS YOU'RE CHECK. WHEN I BOUGHT MY PUPPY THE KID'S AT THE REGESTER SAID MAKE THE CHECK OUT TO SAM MAZZOLA NOT ANIMAL ZONE WHY IS THAT???????
THAT SOUNDS LIKE ANIMAL ZONE THE COMPANY IS TRYING TO AVOID TAXES? OR SAM IS TRYING TO COVER UP ,HIM BEING THE ONE IN CHARGE STILL?
no the new owner still owes sam money from him buying the store and that's how he is doing things sam has not been to the store for a while now he does something else

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