|Sent on:||Monday, May 28, 2012 7:56 AM|
Last year around this time, we published an update on our pet store campaigns. Since then, one store closed (Paws N Claws, Eastpointe), one store owner faced the judge on felony charges (Terry Adams, Brighton) and another store owner is currently being prosecuted for animal cruelty (Pet Station, Dearborn Heights).
Our new campaigns include: Westland Dog Food Co and Utica Pet Supply and we are continuing our public education campaigns against our nation’s and state’s largest chains: The Family Puppy and Petland. With these four active campaigns we are going to need your help: join our Facebooks, sign our petitions and come to a protest!
Check out what we have been up to:
The Family Puppy, Flint
We have held 140 protests since September 2010 and collected over 70 cases involving problems with the puppy or complaints involving the conditions in the store. No one can miss our road-side show at the Genesee Valley Mall with banners lining the road. In addition to our pet store protests, we completed a breeder investigation in Elkhart County, Indiana. Elkhart regularly ships approximately 45 puppies a month. Our findings were shared with the county officials which has resulted in much needed media attention and the formation of a task force. Our discovery of the parvo outbreak in February has left the store still scrambling for a local area vet after Dr. Pinkston dropped services. Lastly, inventories are down and less than half of the cages are full. This means sales are down!
Breeder Facts Sheet
Protests: Every other Friday 5-7 p.m. (RSVP Now)
We held 272 protests since November 2009 and collected over 60 cases involving problems with the puppies. After three big holiday seasons of regular protests at the Twelve Oaks mall and one 6-month boycott of Saturday protests, the store responded by “attempting” to work with rescue groups. Randy met with me in person at Denny’s to discuss a transition to shelter dogs, but we both know that he needs a radical business model to cover the high rent. Maybe he needs to move out and switch to all local products and only shelter dogs. Being the last Michigan Petland, the future is clear to me. Unfortunately the store wanted rescues to simply give him unwanted puppies for him to mark up and sell – gee that might make him look good, but he is still SELLING animals for profit. Negotiations are over for now and we will start up protests again in June. Again, we are asking all rescues to boycott this store and please do not take animals that he can not sell – do not enable the store.
Breeder Facts Sheet
Protests: Weekdays from 5-7 p.m. (RSVP Now)
Westland Dog Food Co
We have held 65 protests since September 2011 and collected 12 cases involving problems with puppies and this number continues to increase as we continue to meet locals with a sad story to share. We have one more month of sustained Saturday protests and will be coming back in September until the store stops selling puppies. This campaign reminds me of Paws-N-Claws as we can easily monitor the impact of the public education campaign. The counter protests have drawn more attention from passer-bys and the media. With high priced dog food (significantly higher), a nearby store offering the same specialty items (straw, pellets, and seed), and the vet next door leaving, they have lost many customers.
Breeder Fact Sheet
Protests: Saturdays and Weekdays (See Schedule- RSVP Now)
Utica Pet Supply
We finished our two week Round-A-Bout protests in April and plan to begin sustained Saturday protests for the next 6 months. Given that the store is close to the road, doesn’t specialize in anything but commercially bred puppies, I am guessing our impact will be significant.
Breeder Fact Sheet
Protests: Every Saturday 12-2 p.m. (RSVP Now)