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A breaking PETA eyewitness investigation of three PetSmart, Inc., stores across the country found systemic neglect and widespread animal suffering. Managers at a Nashville, Tennessee, store repeatedly refused to provide sick, injured, and dying animals with veterinary care in order to "keep costs down" so that they would receive bonuses. Based on PETA's evidence, Nashville officials executed a search warrant at the store and have opened a criminal investigation.
PETA's investigation—which also included stores in Brandon, Florida, and Peoria, Arizona—revealed that PetSmart stocked animals with diseases that were transmissible to humans and that it did not schedule staff to care for animals on Thanksgiving and Christmas, even though many animals were sick and in need of medication and the company's annual revenue is $7 billion.
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What You Can Do
This case is not unusual. In the past, PETA has investigated other PetSmart stores and exposed six animal dealers tied to PetSmart, each time uncovering systemic animal abuse. PetSmart is well aware that investigation after investigation into its animal suppliers and stores has found factory-farm conditions, filth, crowding, deprivation, neglect, cruelty, and prolonged, painful death. Yet it continues to sell animals and do business with these mills.
Please, never buy pet supplies from retailers that sell any animals. Let PetSmart officials know that you'll instead buy supplies from businesses that don't sell animals, such as Target, or online retailers.
And if you're planning to add an animal to your family, please visit a local animal shelter or rescue organization—never buy from a pet store or breeder.