New HSUS probe links Petland to puppy mills

The Humane Society of the United States today released the results of a follow-up investigation into allegations that the largest pet store franchise in the nation supports puppy mills.

It found that 95 percent of Petland stores buy puppies from out of state brokers and 80 stores buy exclusively from the Hunte Corporation, the largest dog broker in the country. The investigation also found that Petland stores bought puppies from kennels run by individuals convicted of animal cruelty, kennels that had repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act and kennels that did not have required U.S. Department of Agriculture licenses.

(A November image of a Kansas kennel that supplies puppies to Petland)

The original Petland investigation by HSUS released in November, drew 600 customer complaints and resulted in a consumer lawsuit, which is pending in federal court in Arizona. There are five Petland stores in Pennsylvania, including one in Fairless Hills in Bucks County. The Philadelphia-area store, according to HSUS, buys puppies from the Hunte Corporation of Missouri, which has been cited by the USDA for keeping dozens of animals in undersized cages, repeatedly transporting underage puppies, and other violations and Lambriar Inc., of Kansas, which USDA cited in 2008 for keeping two sick puppies at the facility who had not yet been seen or treated by a veterinarian.

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