Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Wed Mar 26, 2003 3:25 pm


To all of you who care about animals and your pets, please read the following and visit the website.

An extract of a complaint:

"""PETCO Employees Speak
Direct Quotes in Letters to PETA From Current or Former PETCO Employees
March 08, 2003
3725 Colony Dr.
San Antonio, Texas
A former manager wrote to PETA to report that “Petco has an unwritten policy about animal care for sick animals. ‘If it will cost more to treat the animal then it goes in the fish freezer.’ If you look in the freezer which is located in the fish [department] and look on the bottom shelf behind the frozen fish food you will find a wide variety of small animals[,] fish, reptiles and birds who have met this demise. When I voiced my obvious concern I was told that we were in the [business] of selling [animals] for profit not going bankrupt treating [sick] unsellable animals.

I don’t care what Petco’s written statement [says] I know [firsthand] that if you want to continue working for Petco for any length of time you will kill sick or unsellable animals. Yes I [admit] I did, too. I am ashamed of this fact and have tried to educate people about Petco’s policy on dealing with sick animals and that sales are [their] priority not the well-being of [their] animals. Nutrition, [cleanliness], and [adequate] medical care take a back seat to sales at [Petco].” """"

If you read the small selection of letter complaints it's obvious that Petco have a rather blase' policy on the care of the animals they peddle.

If you love animals, then make a choice to not spend dollars in your local Petco store.

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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Wed Mar 26, 2003 3:40 pm

Animal shelters have always been the place to get quality pets.

For example, at the Animal Protective League of Cleveland ( prior to being placed on the adoption floor, every animal undergoes:

--a veterinary physical by a licensed veterinarian,
--twenty-four hour monitoring period for any behavior problems (in cats, this includes mandatory litterbox use, dogs are checked for house-training and that is noted on adoption paperwork)
--in cats, feline leukemia testing
--in dogs, heartworm testing
--defleaing and deworming
--spay or neuter

Any animal that is sick or agressive is euthanized rather than being placed for adoption. Some shelters are classified as "no kill" and they generally have larger facilities and/or outdoor enclosures for animals that are not adoptable.

PetSmart (>) is a chain of pet stores that does not sell any of its own animals (except birds and fish in some stores) and supports adoptions by giving free space to local animal shelters. If you want to get an animal from a pet store, I suggest PetSmart.

(I am neither an employee of nor a paid advertiser for either of the above mentioned companies. Please don't delete it because I don't mean it as an advert.)

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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Wed Mar 26, 2003 4:59 pm


Thanks for that post. I was going to follow up with alternatives to Petco and the their dreadful ilk.

If people *must* purchase a companion animal please do the necessary research on said animals emotional, dietary and excercise requirments. Most of the commercial pet stores will sell anything to anyone and I know only too well the dreadful circumstances that many of these animals end up in.

Working with the RSPCA and Wires here in Australia I have rehabilitated unwanted native and non-native birds that were sold as *hand reared* pets to people who had no idea how to care for them - then dump them when they become problems.

If anyone would like information or links please post here, or alternately e-mail and I would be happy to find the information for you to make a selective choice with your companion animal.

Many people do not realise that parrots for example are more intelligent than dogs or cats and have unrivalled personalities.

I have seen appalling examples of pet stores here in Australia too.

This is not an advertisement for PeTA, but if anyone cares too they have a donation website at the following address.

I know some of you think PeTA is a joke or millitant loons, but they also do a load of good work for even very simple causes like the Petco fiasco - they have the power of money and a very large member base so can fight to have our animal friends treated so much better.



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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Wed Mar 26, 2003 5:19 pm

PETA are a bunch of dangerous ecoterrorist loonies, but sometimes they find a worthy target like Petco...

The RSPCA is a far better place for your money if you want to support someone fighting places like Petco.

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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Wed Mar 26, 2003 5:35 pm


Have you bothered reading the PeTA site or looked into the less controversial work they do? They have far bigger teeth than the RSPCA has ever had. And I am a member to both organisations.

Do you have a dog or a cat mate and feed them Iams pet foods?

I don't see the RSPCA raiding Iams to ensure they treat their test animals with any respect. Would you like your favourite puppy or pet dog force fed experimental diets and then have their muscle tissue removed from their legs to see how much fat it contains - the animal (dog) is then left to die in metal cage with barely enough room to turn around.

Do you realise that pet food companies that test their products on ordinary dogs and cats have inexperienced and non-vetinary trained people to perform de-barking surgery so that the so called animal handlers and feeders don't have to listen to their mournful cries of frustration and agony at being in pain and being confined to solitary confinement with no room?

It's sickening and about time these practices *stop* NOW!

NO you wouldn't allow your favourite kitty or puppy to endure such awful treatment.


RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Thu Mar 27, 2003 5:38 pm

And no one wants to tackle such touchy topics do they?


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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Fri Mar 28, 2003 12:39 am


Hard to get taken seriously when PETA is involved. I pretty much ignore anything that comes out of that group, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. They lost their credibility a long time ago. Nice posters, though. I am kinda partial to the Charlotte Ross posters, but they don't particulary inspire me to avoid fur, in fact, I can think of something on a fur rug that I'd just love to do with Miss Ross.
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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Fri Mar 28, 2003 12:58 am

That does sound very cruel and inhumane, what Iams and Procter & Gamble are doing in their research labs.
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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Fri Mar 28, 2003 6:20 am


I do have serious gripes with PETA, since they are feckless, ineffective and sensational. However, I do support their actions regarding needless use of animal research, such as those for diets, cosmetics etc. What I do not support is their entire ban on any animal testing-That's a real hard sell to those of us who are only living today because of and in part of animal research used for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc . (Chemotherapy in my case in 1982).
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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Fri Mar 28, 2003 8:41 am

PETA= People Eating Tasty Animals.

Do you guys remember when they go introuble for that "Got Beer" campaign because they said that milking cows was abuse.
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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Fri Mar 28, 2003 8:46 am

As far as I am concerned, no animals should ever change hands via retail; I favor mixed-breeds (kinda like me...), from shelters or individuals (i.e., before they even get to the shelter).

For those who believe that they must have an animal of a particular breed (still cannot fathom why), they should get them from one of the many reputable "rescue" organizations.

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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Fri Mar 28, 2003 9:05 am

We got both our dogs from the shelter. One is a pure bread Jack Russel Terrier and we got her when she was 1 year old and the second we got as a puppy and it is a mix.
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RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Fri Mar 28, 2003 9:39 am

We've bought two guinea pigs and our dog from the pet store. But our dog, Luke, who's a Sheltie/Beagle mix, was only $25 and was from a small local pet store, not a Petco-type place.

I have an aunt who lives on a farm in north Mississippi, she takes in stray dogs, and she averages 15-20 dogs at any one time.

RE: Petco - Where The Pets Die!

Fri Mar 28, 2003 10:00 am


To those of you that find some of PeTA's stuff sensational and just plain crazy there are some quite valid reasons for the more sensational stuff.

And even sometimes I am left scratching my head on some issues.

However, if you look at PeTA's membership site and donations page, you can direct your donations to whatever particular cause that interests you. ie - if you have a gripe with the way Iams treat their animals or are interested in that type of activity (cruely to lab animals) you can direct your donation to it.


PeTA had an undercover operative working in Iams and the company did very little to make improvements to it's test animals and still conducted rather horrific and unecessary experiments of it's lab animals.

I am pretty sure most people who have a puppy or kitty wouldn't feel to comfortable feeding their cherished pets Iams food if they knew of the terrible treatment the company allows to happen.


The only *purchase* from a pet store I have made (besides aquarium fish) has been to rescue a mistreated female Red Eclectus parrot that was going to be *sent away* (as in put down) as she had been in the pet store for too long and had missing toes and a nasty temperment.

This supposed pet store had the audacity to charge me to take her off their hands even though they were going to dispose of her. $450.00 later... (they were going to charge the going rate of $950.00 - but I pointed out she wasn't a hand reared baby anymore, had a pretty screwed up temperment and missing toes)

The people in this franchised store probably thought they'd done the deal of a lifetime until they got a visit from the RSPCA - then the police and had their store shut down for various animal cruelty violations.

We all can make a difference.

I called the Red Eclectus 'Erika' and spent a year and a half rehabilitating her till I could find her a new home. She now lives out in the country with a lovely family who regularly send me pictures of Erika and her antics.



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