The problem is, the inspections are conducted by the USDA. As longSo sad. Hopefully this gains more awareness, as I know a lot of people buy puppies (and other animals) from pet stores, thinking they come from awesome places. A pet store just opened in town that doesn't sell pets, and even though it's more expensive, I try to shop there instead of the bigger chain stores. I don't know how many people have Petlands where they live, but I noticed they have signs saying that the places their pets come from are inspected and adhere to spca requirements for breeding, etc. Not sure how accurate that is, though.
That's crazy!! I never knew that. I know someone that works there, who is just finishing her animal health technician diploma. I worked with her at a wildlife facility, and it's so surprising that she would work there if those are the ropes. Thankfully the one here also adopts out shelter animals, but they definitely do sell dogs, cats, and small animals as well. The petland here probably makes a killing. We only just got a pet supply store that doesn't sell animals.Petland is one of the worst offenders. They are trying to market their puppies as being from reputable breeders, but they are from brokers who buy them from puppy mills, same as other pet stores.
My daughter had a good friend that worked there and they are drilled on how to talk to customers and reassure them about their puppies being from good breeders. They will lose their job if they even allude to them being from farms. They are given practice sheets for different questions and how to answer them.
Oh, and those kids at Petland are paid on commission. That's why they will stick a puppy in your arms when you walk in. They need you to buy one so they can get a paycheck.