More than 1,500 people have signed a petition to prevent a national chain of pets from coming to Tulsa.
The petitioners say Petland has a history of animal abuse, which the company denies.
âHe has a very bad record across the country,â said Erin Shackelford, executive director of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.
Shackelford helped start the petition to stop Petland from coming to 71st and Garnett.
The Humane Society said its investigations showed Petland had previously obtained animals from puppy mills. In May, the Florida attorney general sued the company and charged a store with selling sick and dying puppies.
In 2018, the CDC linked the puppies sold to Petland to an outbreak of bacteria that made more than 100 people sick.
âThe CDC sent them a letter because they were perpetuating a disease that spreads to humans,â Shackelford said.
The store has already been approved for a building permit, but the city has said Petland will need to apply for a commercial animal establishment permit. The city has said that if or when Petland requests it, it will see if Petland meets the city’s requirements.
âThe state of Oklahoma and Tulsa is experiencing a pet overpopulation crisis,â Shackelford said. “Introducing a pipeline of unsterilized animals to the city doesn’t make sense when the shelter needs to be euthanized to have space.”
Petland said they were excited to come to Tulsa and their puppies are not from puppy mills. Instead, they come from USDA licensed breeders, hobbyist breeders who breed their dogs humane, or are local adoption pets that are vet checked.
The city said if Petland opens without applying for the commercial animal establishment permit, it will need to examine the store to ensure compliance.
You can read Petland’s full statement below:
“We are delighted to bring the joy of the human-animal bond to Tulsa. We believe in the consumer’s right to choose where they want to find their pet, whether it is in a shelter or rescue or in a responsible pet store that provides full transparency. For more than 50 years, Petland’s number one priority has been the health and well-being of its pets. Every Petland store has a state-certified consulting veterinarian who establishes a veterinary care program for the store. Petland does not purchase puppy mills, which are unregulated and unauthorized facilities. Our puppies come from three main sources:
1. USDA licensed breeders and distributors with no direct or critical NCI within the past two years and who have a veterinarian-documented socialization and exercise program and follow veterinary protocols for skin hygiene, coat, nails and teeth. They also cannot have specific indirect NCIs on their last inspection report (section 2.40).
2. Hobbyist breeders as defined by the law on the protection of animals, who breed their dogs in a humane manner.
3. Local adoption animals that are vet checked.
Our state-of-the-art in-store animal husbandry and socialization practices at Petland are the result of more than half a century of fine-tuning to bring the best animal health care practices we we occupy. We look forward to serving the community of Tulsa with pets and pet supplies. ‘
You can read the full city of Tulsa statement below:
“If / when Petland applies for a Commercial Animal Establishment Permit, the City of Tulsa will review Petland’s Commercial Animal Establishment Permit application or we will review compliance if they open without applying.” All commercial animal permit applications are subject to the following municipal ordinance, Title 2 – Animals.
Under Definitions: Petline is defined as a – Commercial animal establishment (Type B)
Article 110. – Commercial pet stores provide, among other things:
(A) Animals are kept in such a way as to avoid harm or danger to human health and to avoid injury and to minimize disease of such animals, including healthy and sanitary conditions
(B) Upon receipt of a signed report or complaint alleging animal abuse or other conditions not complying with this section in a commercial animal establishment, an investigation will be conducted by Animal Control. Its findings must be documented and appropriate action taken.
(C) All operators of a Type B animal business establishment should apply to the Director of Finance for a permit to operate such an establishment in the city of Tulsa. No Type B commercial animal establishment should sell animals in the city without a permit.. The Director of Finance should perform a background check covering the past ten (10) years, to determine if the applicant has been convicted of animal abuse or cruelty charges during that period. Conviction of mistreatment or cruelty to animals constitutes grounds for refusal or revocation of an animal business establishment permit. The permit fee will be twenty dollars ($ 20.00) annually. A twenty dollar ($ 20.00) application processing fee will be charged for the first request.