The Humane Society of the United States and Petland meet again, this time it is in court. HSUS along with other consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against Petland and Hunte Corp. alleging that they conspire to sell puppy mill puppies who are unhealthy and require medical attention.
According to an HSUS press release, “Petland is the nation’s largest chain of pet stores that sells puppy mill dogs and Hunte is one of the country’s largest distributors of factory-produced puppies.”
The lawsuit clams that the two companies, Petland and Hunte, violated federal law as well as consumer protection laws on the state level. Petland allegedly misled numerous customers about where the puppies they purchase came from. While Petland tells customers their puppies come from high-quality and respected breeders, many come from puppy brokers, like Hunte. Hunte acts as a middleman between puppy mills and Petland.
HSUS says, “The class action lawsuit is the result of many months of investigative and legal research, and comes after an eight-month investigation into Petland stores by The HSUS that demonstrated a direct link between multiple Petland stores and unscrupulous puppy mills. Numerous other reports have also surfaced of Petland’s allegedly deceptive sales practices, including the marketing and sale of puppies with life-threatening genetic defects and highly contagious parasitic and viral infections.”
To learn more about puppy mills, visit StopPuppyMills.org