The Humane Society of the United States’ new undercover investigation of a Petland corporate store in Florence, KY found puppies with parasites and bacterial infections such as campylobacter, which can spread to humans. Some puppies were not receiving needed treatment before being sold to the public. In fact, six people have come down with campylobacter after contact with the Florence store's puppies this year alone.
In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked more than 118 cases of human campylobacter bacterial infections to contact with Petland puppies, which resulted in a number of people being hospitalized. The CDC closed its investigation in 2018, but our investigation found that some people are still getting sick to this day, according to records obtained from the Kentucky health department and other sources.
At least six human illnesses (Campylobacter) have been directly tied to the Florence store, a Petland corporate store, in 2019 alone. Yet our investigation found that Petland was downplaying risks and sometimes failing to have sick puppies tested for the disease. A manager specifically told our buyer when she purchased a puppy, "it's not campylobacter," when the puppy did, in fact, test positive for campylobacter and also giardia that same day. The manager also told our buyer that the puppy had been given a stool test, but provided no record of such a test.
Our investigation found Petland was covering up disease outbreaks and hiding them from the public. We were specifically sold a puppy we were told was healthy even though Petland knew the animal had been sick for weeks. We also found that Petland was covering up other disease outbreaks, such as distemper and parvovirus.
Please reach out to Kentucky and Ohio state officials asking them to put a stop to Petland's unacceptable treatment of sick, helpless puppies.