Katy pet store accused of buying puppies from “Horrible Hundred” puppy mills



Katy Petland is under fire from the Humane Society of the United States for allegedly selling puppies from puppy mills plagued with allegations of cruelty. The Petland in Katy is located at 1723 North Fry Road.

The HSUS annually publishes its “Horrible Hundred” report of puppy mills operating in “horrible conditions” and identifies pet stores that have purchased puppies from these puppy mills. This year’s report, released on May 10, accuses Petland stores of buying and then reselling animals raised in inhumane conditions.

“The Horrible Hundred annual report provides a sample of puppy mills and problem puppy brokers based on state and federal government inspection records, public complaints, and secret investigation findings,” he said. said Kristen Peek, media relations for HSUS. “This year’s report reveals dogs suffering across the country in puppy mills, many of which are licensed and still in operation despite years of animal care violations, including citations for injured and emaciated dogs,” dogs and puppies exposed to extreme weather conditions, and dogs found living in unsanitary and miserable conditions.

The pandemic has worsened conditions for the animals, said John Goodwin, senior director of the HSUS ‘Stop Puppy Mills campaign. “As the USDA has suspended many of its in-person inspections during the pandemic, dogs have been at greater risk than ever,” he said. “Public records and our undercover work show that Petland and other pet stores continue to buy from commercial farms where dogs languish in miserable conditions.”

Elizabeth Kunzelman, media relations for Petland, refuted HSUS claims the company bought puppies from puppy mills.

“Every year, Washington DC fundraising giant Humane Society of the United States – not to be confused with your Humane Society or local shelter – releases this grossly exaggerated report of allegations without ever having set foot in it. Most of these kennels, ”she replied. . “In fact, in their own report, they acknowledge that they weren’t actually there.”

Kunzelman said that when the HSUS released its report, Petland began conducting an internal study to ensure their puppies were from humane breeders.

“In order to target Petland, HSUS sprinkles some good breeders with distorted information to make them all appear careless,” she said. “HSUS alleges that eight of the 100 listed breeders are related to Petland, and some of the suggested links are questionable and / or outdated at best. In addition, much of the information provided dates back more than seven years without any breaches since. The 70-page report is full of misinformation and misrepresentation about Petland. “

Kunzelman accused the HSUS of making claims against Petland although he did not visit all of the ranchers in question. “Unlike HSUS, at Petland we visit ranchers and work with them on their continuing education programs,” she said. “At Petland, we care about where American families get their next pet, and we support responsible American breeders. “

Goodwin argued the numbers speak for themselves, adding that Petland is the only national retail chain still selling puppies from mass breeders.

“Dozens of pet stores across the country, including at least 21 Petland stores, purchased puppies from dealers in this year’s report,” he said. “This goes against Petland’s claim that they only buy from top quality breeders.”

Local animal rights groups have rallied around the HSUS findings, saying the report is further evidence of the proliferation of cruelty in puppy mills.

Houston PetSet, a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to alleviating Houston’s pet homelessness and suffering, is currently supporting legislation that would mandate stricter reporting practices for puppy retailers like Petland.

House Bill 1818 would require Petland to keep complete records of the source of the puppies and submit to regular inspections by animal services.

“Animal homelessness is a crisis in our community and HB 1818 would alleviate some of the burdens that local rescues and shelters currently bear,” said Tena Lundquist Faust, Houston PetSet co-chair. “This bill would not only prevent both humans and their pets from suffering needlessly, but it would also prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of otherwise unwanted animals.” In Texas, more than 100,000 animals are slaughtered each year, and HB 1818 could help drastically reduce that number. “

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