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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Did a PETCO store negligently allow animals to drown during the recent NE floods?

These sources allege that an individually owned PETCO store left its animals in their cages when the floods approached, even though it is located in a flood zone right next to the Susquehanna River. This was allegedly done despite volunteers offering to home the animals in safer locations.

If true, this decision was beyond unconscionable. If such a decision was made with knowledge that animals might drown/suffer and die, then I can honestly say there is no word in the English language to describe my outrage.

If not true I hope the store owner clears this issue up quickly.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 11:28 AM
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While I agree that it would be quite tragic and a horrible thing for those animals to be hurt/killed there really may not have been anything they could do. Had Petco called in their employees (or allowed volunteers to go) into a dangerous situation to save the animals they would be liable should something happen to their anyone.

It's no more of an outrage than the people who had to leave behind beloved pets during Katrina (or any other natural disaster) during rescue operations because shelters can't take animals in.

I agree that things need to change, but it may not be a case of the evil corporate world allowing poor defenseless animals to die needlessly.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2011, 11:47 AM
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I wont shop at Petco. If you google Petco lawsuits you will find they were sued for neglect and poor care of the animals in their stores in the San Francisco area. SF won the judgement against Petco.

After Katrina were all more proactive on having plans in place for evacuating our animals. There is no excuse for Petco not being proactive. Everyone knows whether they live in a potential flood zone.

This year we had bad fires near a sanctuary with rescue dogs, cats, goats and pigs. We called and told them wed be on allert if they needed us to come help evacuate the animals and find temporary housing.

No one anymore sits around thinking it cant happen to them. Every responsible pet owner, rescue, sanctuary, business has a plan after watching the fall out in New Orleans.

Shame on Petco, once again. They keep sinking to new low levels in my estimations of them.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-18-2011, 12:44 AM
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the petco near my work is very clean and the animals seem well taken care of, but it is a newer store.

the petco near where I live, older store is not very clean and fish sometimes are in pretty bad shape.
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