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Another PETCO Store Bites the Dust

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Posted December 28, 2011 by peta2 staff

The new year is already looking a bit brighter for animals: A PETCO store in Dickson City, Pennsylvania, has announced that it will close permanently on January 1—which is great news for the hamsters, gerbils, mice, fish, and other small animals who suffer and die every day in PETCO’s stores and suppliers’ facilities.

“Life” for the animals PETCO sells often consists of struggling to survive wild capture or captive breeding in horrific conditions, suffering from untreated injuries and illnesses, and fighting for food in feces-strewn, severely crowded cages. At the massive breeding mills that supply live animals to the pet trade, PETA investigations have revealed sick and dying animals placed in freezers to die, live hamsters placed in a plastic bag and bashed against a table in an attempt to kill them, animals deprived of veterinary care and left to cannibalize their cagemates’ corpses, and other horrors.

For the sake of small animals, please say “No” to PETCO and other stores that sell animals.

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  • 1327 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is horrifying! I am a petsmart employee ( I wasn’t aware of how cruel they are when I applied) but now I see all the horrifying torture first hand..
    Thank god I don’t work or ever go into the actual store
    ( I work in the grooming salon- where I( keyword I) treat my dogs like they were my own. Some of the others are even mean to the dogs!!
    But I feel as if it’s my job to inform every one I can on the animals there,
    Everyone knows they are cruely kept in tiny cages, but no one does anything!
    I hate hate seeing those poor animals!
    Sure our team tries their best to care for these animals ( always have food) but it’s not right when a new ‘shipment’ gets in.. These living beings are treated as merchandise !!!!

  • 1329 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Glad to hear it. Didn’t like Petco anyway. Now lets get rid of Petsmart

  • 1334 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The only animals that should be sold are animals at adoption agencies, even then they are adopted, not sold.

  • 1336 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It breaks my heart to watch things like this…

  • 1337 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve never purchased an animal from any pet store and never will. Great article. Mahalo for spreading the word.
    Aloha,
    “Kokuaguy”

  • 1337 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    where are the existing animals going?

  • 1342 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I hate PETCO ever since I heard that they use puppy mills.

  • 1342 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    im soo freaking speachless omg low lifes!!

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    :( Wow that made me cry!

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hi! I know You Peta people think Petsmart (which is bigger than Petco) should ban all animals. I agree, but i think it is most important that they stop selling birds. Birds, especially parrots (including keets) live 20-90+ years! VERY FEW people can care for these animals, who need 10+ hours of attention a day, and hours of training. Many petsmart birds (Gouldian Finch, Molouccan Cockatoo, etc) are endangered or threatened! The HSUS predicts a MASS BIRD EUTHANASIA (including many endangered species) because of bird homelesness! Sign here to tell Petsmart: Birds are not our to sell! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-bird-neglect/

    P.S. Yes! This is great!

    • 1343 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Oh- Spread this like wildfire. Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, Email, just spread it!!!!!!!

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that’s very bad i fell soooo sorry for the poor things

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    GO PETA AND PETA2!!! :) It’s horrible what all these big companies do to their animals and how they treat them…That’s why I’m vegan 😀 ANIMAL RIGHTS! GO VEGAN!

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    when will Petco stop? How many videos have to be shown about the horrors for them to figure out thats not good

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