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Utica Pet Supply - New Owners, No Plans or Experience

From: Pam
Sent on: Friday, January 3, 2014 3:15 PM


Meetup Members,

Utica Pet Supply has a new owner and apparently no business plan. You know someone is lying when they say “I am not sure exactly what I will be selling”. Really? I think it is best that they don’t invest too much in the remodeling efforts if they don’t have a business plan.

A sign in the front window states they plan to open in January, yet, when I called the city, they didn’t have any authorization to do so. The store will need to fill out an application, pass some approvals and lots of inspections first.

I asked the new owner to consider taking a pledge not to sell puppies, kittens, large reptiles, rabbits, and long-lived birds. It would be great if he stuck to supplies and services only. He said he plans on selling fish.

The new owner did say he googled the store and saw the controversy from our campaign efforts (which put the long time business ..out of business), so he was going to make sure he didn’t’ work with “puppy mills” but will work with local breeders. I told him about the code of ethics for those in breed clubs (wholesale a no no) and he said he is not familiar with the industry. No business plan and not familiar with the industry? Sounds like he has no business being in the pet selling business.

I sent the invitation to the Pet Friendly Pet Store program with a pledge form this week. Lets hope he joins the ranks of 100 Michigan stores and implements a humane business model.


Pam Sordyl
Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan

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