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#1 Nov 19, 2012
We had to give our Morkie over to Animal Services. She was purchased at
Ft. Myers, Petland in Feb. 2012 for $900, We have since that time spent an
additional $1000+ in veterinary bills. Most recently $450 trying to
determine the reason for her Addison type symptoms. Several tests provided no positive diagnosis. Further tests were too costly and therefore not an option
Repeated calls to Petland for advice on our options were met with little
assistance or advice.. Being on a fixed income we had little recourse other
than giving her up in hopes that Animal services could provide her needed
medical care and then find her a home that can meet any special needs in the
We are very dissapointed in your customer assistance and unwillingness to assume any responsibility for this puppie.
Saddened by our loss,
Terry & Linda Pressel
#2 Dec 11, 2012
Yes, Petland, Pet Kingdom, any high dollar pet store anywhere in the world is going to suck. Where do you think they get their puppies? Breeders. Breeders don't really get checked up on like they should therefore they don't raise the dogs in the greatest of facilities to begin with. Mostly inbred, high strung, & disease prone dogs come from breeders.
$2350+ is the amount of $ you spent on this dog, right? Do you realize that for $75-$275, depending on which shelter you went to, could have been all you spend which includes shots, treatment for any disease they may have, & spay/neuter. None of which were included in your $900 purchase from Petland. Maybe now you'll understand how important it is to adopt (even a puppy if thats what you want) instead of breaking the bank of your fixed income & then youre supporting people who actually care for the well being of animals as opposed to supporting breeders & pet stores that only see dogs as dollar signs. Period.
#3 Dec 11, 2012
You're on a limited income, but you spent money on a puppy from Petland? There isn't a puppy in the place for less than $800.00 That doesn't sound like a very wise decision in the first place.
Google "puppy Mills". All pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills. Dogs are kept in deporable conditions, being kept in small boxes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for their entire lives. Some never see the light of day. They recieve no medical care or grooming. They have no human interaction. Their sole purpose is to produce litter after litter after litter of puppies for pet stores.
This information isn't new. Unless you've been living under a rock, or were just too ignorant to care (until your puppy got sick), then you already knew there was a big controversy regading puppy mills.
Everytime someone purchases a dog from a pet store, they are keeping puppy mills going. It's disgusting.
Stores that sell puppies must be boycotted. You could have adopted a dog or puppy from a shelter for less than $100.00 and it would have been FULLY vetted.
Sadly, your puppy is the one who has to suffer for your lack of planning.
"DON'T SHOP - ADOPT!"
#4 Dec 11, 2012
Nicely said, Big Dog. It's amazing in this day and age, how many people still don't 'get it'.
#5 Dec 12, 2012
I agree with Big Dog and Katie 100%.
Never, never, NEVERRRR buy and animal from a Pet store or Back yard breeder.
THOUSANDS of dogs and cats are killed in shelters everyday throughout the U.S.
There are WAY more animals than there are homes. Don't people realize this?
#6 Dec 12, 2012
when it concerns a dog a pure bloodline "purebred" suddenly becomes important.Mutts "mixed bloodlines" end up in the pound.Go figure?
#7 Dec 13, 2012
Are you kidding me??? You have obviously never been to a pound. There are purebreed dogs dying everyday in shelters.
I guess you can't fix stupid.
#8 Dec 13, 2012
Also let me add that I have seen several "purebred" dogs purcheased from Petland or Petkingdom at my vets office who as they grew up were clearly mixed breeds. BEWARE of what you're buying. There is never a guarantee of the breed. Puppies looks change dramatically as they age.
#9 Dec 14, 2012
We adopted our beautiful, full blooded Chocolate Labrador at the Animal Refuge Center 7 years ago for only $75.00 and that included his neuter, vaccinations and a chip. He was 6 at the time. He was the perfect dog and never had any health problems. We finally lost him to old age...we knew it was time to let him go when he was unable to get up any longer. He had developed hip problems at age 11 as Labs often do. He was honestly the best dog we've ever had.
For the life of me, I don't understand why people pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for puppies in pet shops who have never even seen a vet! It just doesn't make a bit of sense when there are perfectly WONDERFUL shelter dogs waiting for their homes.
As someone a few posts before me said; The selling of live dogs in pet stores should be boycotted and made illegal. The pet overpopulation problem is already overwhelming and they are just contributing to the problem.
#10 Dec 14, 2012
I say,"dogs for the most part are treated better than pigs" I dont see people crying over bacon.I love all animals and feel that all animals should be treated humanely.
#11 Jan 3, 2013
I understand its so important to adopt but y wen most of the tym the puppy has been threw hell and bak u or they somtimes dobt even kno y the dog ended up there in the furst place.probaly already traumatized with health problem so its not all such a great idea to adot either unless the dog doesnt have health problems..and yes y would anyone gi to a pet store ummm clueless im 100percent againest them n bullshit puppy mills however about breeders some breeders do care especially if there local and ur able to see were the puppy is coming from. i recently got my.puppy frm a local breeder and i couldnt be happier the lady was great and reasonable all u petstores ate rediculous petland cant even tell u about the puppues personality or anything.so u might be a oerson who likes to abopt witch is great i have a chinese crested i adopted years ago. but for each its own ill stick to breeders local as long as they can prove all i ask for...ps petland and the owners suk go to hell
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