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PetSmart Store Leaves Lizards to Rot in Back Room

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Posted December 21, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

According to a whistleblower, two bearded dragons languished in the back room of a Chicago-area PetSmart store for six months, apparently suffering from improperly treated eye infections that spread to their jaws and caused their faces to rot away.

After pressure from PETA, the store’s manager finally took the bearded dragons to a veterinarian who put them out of their misery, but untold numbers of other animals are likely languishing in PetSmart stores and its suppliers’ warehouses across the country. PETA’s undercover investigations have shown time after time that this kind of cruelty is business as usual for PetSmart and its suppliers.

  • PETA revealed horrors at Rainbow World Exotics, one of PetSmart’s main animal suppliers, including throwing live animals into the trash, depriving animals of desperately needed veterinary care, and leaving them to cannibalize each other, suffer, and die alone in their cages.
  • At Sun Pet, another PetSmart supplier, an employee—who has since been fired—placed hamsters in a bag and bashed it against a table in an attempt to kill them.
  • Animals at the now-defunct U.S. Global Exotics, Inc.,  which supplied exotic animals to PetSmart, were crammed into severely crowded and filthy containers, including soda bottles and milk jugs, litter pans, cattle-feeding troughs, and barren wire cages. Hundreds of animals were denied basic necessities, such as food, water, and veterinary care.
  • And PETA’s undercover investigation of a PetSmart store in Manchester, Connecticut, documented that more than 100 animals—including hamsters, rats, lizards, chinchillas, and birds—were deprived of adequate veterinary care and just left to die slowly, hidden from customers’ sight. PetSmart boasted that this store had an “outstanding pet care team” and an “exceptional pet care record.” Pathetic.

Want to take a stand against this kind of cruelty? It’s easy: NEVER SHOP AT PETSMART or any other store that sells animals as if they were cheap trinkets.

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  • 1749 days ago

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    I feel like i have to go throw up.

  • 1769 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is horrible. I can’t believe people can actually live with themselves after letting this happen.
    wtf.

  • 1769 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Shame on you !

  • 1784 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m going to be sick.

  • 1787 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that is ridiculous and disgusting! no creature of God should be treated like that! Shame on Petsmart!

  • 1788 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am sure you could get your pet supplies online through like Ebay or Amazon, and also a local feed store should have what you might need. Just a thought.

  • 1789 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The really sad thing is that I am a petsmart employee. However I work in the grooming salon ( not out with the actual store) we treat our dogs as if they were our own when tear with us.. But that’s not the point..
    Point is I get to see first hand how cruel they are.. Even our men in pet care know how wrong the animals are treated… But they’re oblivious…
    I feel it’s my job at my work place to try to help these crammed animals.. And I do my best to inform everyone on what really goes on.
    Here is an example: tere are seven guinea pigs in a small tank.. And two large conures trapped in a tiny pen.. Let’s not even mention how tightly the rats and hammies are caged!!!
    It’s disgusting…
    But I see it as, I’m getting paid by this huge company, as I help put them to shame!!

    Just get some intelligence :)! Be kind!

    • 1789 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Also, the back room,
      Not even I am allowed back there..
      It’s where they keep all the sick, injured, new animals until they can be put up for sale…
      I have to clue what goes on in there… But I think my mission is to find out!
      I know they were complete body protection when they enter these rooms- how harmful can a little rodent be?????

  • 1789 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    pets are a lifetime commitment of love a care! they should not be impulse buys at wal-mart-esque stores!!!

  • 1789 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Do you have a suggestion of where I can go to get my parakeet seed and treats? I have gone to the local PetSmart here in Charleston, SC and wondered about their treatment of the animals there. They seem healthy although I don’t like fact that they are a “product” sold for profit!!!!

    • 1788 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Lisa,
      Try goggling natural treats for your parakeet. I have always found wonderful alternatives through there. I know they like sunflower seeds, dried fruits and dried corn as alternative treats, that you can get at any grocery store or dollar store.

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If people were more knowledgeable that animals are not just unfeeling machines, they feel love and hate, feel sorrow and pain, then things like this wouldn’t be so widespread! Education of the masses is the only way to prevent this from happening again.

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What a different view this is from the “store” view that shoppers see. Too bad the “behind” the scene is so dirty and cruel. If shoppers were to see was goes on behind closed doors, they may not be shoppers anymore. What a way for a business that is supposed to be pet friendly to conduct business.
    Jackie Davis

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    petsmart – you should not only be ashamed – you should just close your doors – Karma is going to hit you!

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    So sad!!! But if we never shop there where will we get my pets supplies…? Ugh. So difficult. That is so cruel.

    • 1784 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      natural food stores,
      online,
      etc, etc.
      there are many places

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What is wrong with those people????

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m really sad because both Petsmart and Petco had stopped selling dogs and cats and had seemingly come around a bit – allowing rescues to have events in their stores.

    I wish that all stores would quit selling any live creatures. Guess I’ll have to find another way to get my sweet furbabies’ food and treats.

    Thanks for the info.

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    how could any one do that to little creatures

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    for real? thats disgusting… so heartless

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    There has to be LAWS to protect Animals from this kind of CRUELTY, there has to be INSPECTIONS of all pet stores that sell Animals, to make sure they are treated HUMANELY & FEED & have VENERINARY CARE,how can a country like the USA not have LAWS to PROTECT ANIMALS that are sold in PET STORES, this is UNACCEPTABLE in a country like the USA.

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My petsmart doesn’t even sell animals! Just toys and food!

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMG! THATS SO TERRIBLE! =(

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Pet Smart needs to fined an enormous fee for allowing animals to suffer and charges brought against them. One count and charge for each animal that has suffered from animal neglect and/or cruelty as well as death.
    Theses actions are totally uncalled for and thumbs up to the investigators doing their job, now it’s up to us to stand behind them and help enforce these issues with our voices and petition signatures.

  • 1790 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How tragic that innocent animals are put into humans’ hands and die because of extreme neglect! They’d be better off in their own natural habitat. Some humans are animals’ enemies! I will not be going into Petsmart anymore. Thanks for letting me know about these horrible and PREVENTABLE tragedies.

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Petsmart is unbelievable, bottom of the barrel. I wonder if there is any way that we could demand that the Animal Welfare Association be brought on to do frequent surprise inspections, or local SPCAs…it is HIGH TIME that ALL pet sales no matter the species be regulated and constantly checked by local SPCA. That is what everyone except the breeders and sellers want.

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Is there not a petition for us to voice to PetsDumb how we feel about them?

    I’ve already quit buying from Petco and PetsDumb and only order my cat food online. Besides, it’s cheaper SHIPPED to me than buying it at their overpriced stores!

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This clearly shows the lack of proper recruitment procedures to find qualified and certified candidates to hire as employees to handle these animals. With stores like PetSmart and Petco, they consistently higher inept individuals for the purpose of paying them less and to ensure they have “coverage” for all their shifts. The lack of ensuring that these employees are properly trained to handle all aspects of animal welfare boggles the mind. At the end of the day, Petstores should not be in the business of selling animals. Let’s focus more on rescuing animals from our local shelters to give THEM a second chance at finding a healthy and happy home.

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m shocked that our local shelter in NH works with them – or any shelter.

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Once again another bunch of monsters surface their ugly heads. In reality the monsters of your nightmares are not that of large mutated animals it is the disgusting, disrespectful, ignorant pricks that call themselves human torturing small defenseless pets for the sake of a dollar. It takes a very tiny, evil man or woman to take out their anger or frustrations on tiny creatures.

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Animals are sentient beings! This abuse is unforgiveable! DO NOT SHOP AT PETSMART!

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My God – the world is full of madness. Poor animals.

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It truly makes me sick to think that I breathe the same air as the scum who treat animals like dirt stuck on the soles of their shoes. Poor lizards 🙁

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I dont shop there and never will………….horrible

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s really gross. Why would they do such a thing. People could be soo mean to animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    PetSmart Charities, what a joke, where’s the charity in these stories, why don’t you practice what you preach, starting with your stores, before you ask for contributions for neglected and abused animals.

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ok, I wont be shopping at a petco or petsmart but where do i purchase my pet supplies??

    • 1784 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      online

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    All pet stores should not be selling live animals. If this happens maybe the supplers would lose their business and the animals wouldn’t be abused. The persons who was left these poor lizards in that condition should have the same fate so they can feel what it’s like to suffer.

  • 1791 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered to change
    life has value beyond measure
    Peace and Love

  • 1804 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wow I knew petco was bad, but I didn’t know petsmart was like this too.

  • 1804 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wow I knew PETCO was bad, but I Didn’t know PETSMART was like this too 🙁 I don’t even know where to buy pet supplies from anymore cause I don’t go to PETCO or PETSMART anymore!

  • 1812 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Mmkay, I’m no longer a supporter of Petsmart.

  • 1812 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh, and sign my petition to get Petsmart to stop selling birds! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-bird-neglect/

  • 1812 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Poor lizards! I have a Leopard Gecko (Lizzie). I was nine, okay? I got her at petsmart. that was before i knew better. they shouldn’t even sell reptiles, they’re so much work! They need special lighting, live food, and a bunch of other stuff most people can’t handle.

  • 1812 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats horrible, i hate petsmart, you would think that a place fpr animals would help animals not harm them and kill them

  • 1812 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That makes me sick!!!!! Those poor lizards!!!!

    • 1791 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      im with you, they need to all be fired, not just some people.

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