For those who don't know the story. The humane society is investigating Petland on the grounds of animal cruelty.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHQYXAEMIRU
TLDR: Petland has been abusing animals and I was dealing with it for meager wages
Proof: I'm trying not to provide any. I signed a legal non-disclosure agreement that I wouldn't say any of this, but multiple of my previous co-workers are stepping up with me. The most I could provide is a picture of the uniform I accidentally stole when I quit.https://i.imgur.com/94vtRNw.jpg(Me in the stolen uniform)
Why?: Because the animals I watched get abused is not acceptable. I stayed quiet on the situation for a long time, but now that it's going a bit viral and I have people who will actually back me, I should probably stand up for what's morally right.
Temp account because I don't want a lawsuit like the one being filled against the humane society
EDIT: For those saying I'm awful for not saying anything sooner. Keep in mind, I was 16. I highly doubt a 16 year old is going to take down a multi million dollar corporation
Edit 2: I'd like to thank all of you for your support and interest in this investigation. If you wanna help support the cause, here's the link to the petition ( https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&id=7652&page=UserAction&s_src=yt_t_invalid+date&utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=2019_petland_florence_ky )
I'll still be answering questions, just gotta get some sleep first.
How did you react when seeing the abuse? Did you ever say anything? I'm not trying to make you feel bad/shame you I'm just curious.
Was there any maltreatment of birds or small animals like hamsters and mice ? If so, what did you see?
Was it the company that was abusive, in general, or the specific franchise was abusive and the company took no notice to that?
How many of your co-workers were mistreating the animals? Like, how common of a sight was it? Was it mostly your superiors? Were you alone in feeling concerned?
My only experience with a Petland was walking in, seeing dyed fish, and walking right back out. Do those actually sell in this day and age?
Why is the humane society investigating? They're not a law enforcement agency are they?
I thought this was incredibly old news?! The petlands in my state had a massive lawsuit like 15 years ago, had to pay money and closed up all shops in the state I thought
Thanks for doing this AMA! A lot of times when I go into Petland to ask the staff general questions (mostly about where the animals come from), they don't bother to tell me or are just rude about it.
I have a few questions so I'll just list them out for simplicity.
I replied to your message, check it out and it will be my pleasure to put it back up if you reply to it. Thank you.
Why did you not feel a moral obligation to say something until the story was getting traction?
We have a petland under investigation now due to selling so many sick puppies. I worked in a vets office and we constantly had puppies coming in dying of various ailments. A lot of parvo cases as well, none survived. I'm curious, were the animals ever vetted prior to being bought by the company? Or was it strictly done after someone reports symptoms? How would they go about buying the animals? Most reputable breeders avoid selling to franchise stores as they want their pet in a safe home they can verify. Do you know if these were puppy mill situations or did they kinda keep you in the dark and have you just focus on maintaining the image? Were reports largely ignored by your supervisors in contrast to anyone actually listening to the employee when they felt something was wrong? I had went in to a Petland due to morbid curiosity with a coworker and we were appalled. The spaces with multiple puppies were cramped and always had diarrhea and urine everywhere, most were lethargic, laying in the own feces. Some were larger puppies in tiny cages. There wasn't a single clean cage in the entire store and it was really sad. I hope y'all can pull this off and they can get shut down.