I Was Right About Petland.
source: HSUS website - 3rd paragraph is a paraphrase from the article.
I knew I was right about Petland being a trafficker in puppy mill puppies. The Humane Society of the U.S. just finished an 8 mo. investigation of them and proved that fact. They are the largest national retailer of puppy mill puppies. But, when I called them last month to ask them about their puppies and where they came from, I got the same line that the HSUS got. "Oh, we use the most reliable, reputable breeders in the nation," and that their corporate headquarters send people out to check the kennels they buy from, this is false!
And, they are saying they are helping homeless dogs. Their homeless animals are dogs at a discounted price. Seriously, they say they have shelter dogs, but they are just the dogs that haven't sold, so they put them on sale.
The HSUS has a paper-trail and undercover footage of the mills that supply Petlands all over the U.S. And, the footage of the mills is horrendous, as all the video they have gotten through their investigations over the years, is. Now, back to the adoption thing. HSUS contacted all 133 Petland stores throughout the U.S. about their adoption programs. Here is what some said. 56 said didn't bother with adoptions, 23 offer cut-rate "adoption" on older puppies, 16 said they offer "adoption" prices on returned puppies, and 7 said they wanted to help homeless animals, but couldn't find a supply of puppies. Of course, no shelter is going to help a company that is the largest retailer of puppy mill puppies.
Some of the rest of the 133 stores said they take puppies from local people. And some say that they refer people to shelters, but I bet they don't.
Do Not Buy From Petland and support puppy-mills. Go to http://www.hsus.org/ and watch the video for yourself.