Animal Planet will broadcast the newest installment of its quarterly series tonight with Animal Planet Investigates: Petland. This hour-long program exposes viewers to the harsh realities of puppy mills and their connection to Petland, the country’s largest puppy retailer. It airs tonight at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Animal Planet.
With the assistance of hidden cameras, “Mike,” an undercover investigator for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) unearths that Petland puppies are acquired from breeders operating under questionable conditions—a claim the retailer vehemently denies. In fact, the investigation documents Petland employees claiming that all puppies are obtained from USDA-certified breeders.
The HSUS investigation shows otherwise. Unveiling inhumane practices at numerous breeders, “Mike” captures footage of 140 dogs housed in chicken-wire kennels, filthy water bowls filled with green water and coated with mold, rancid odors of wet dogs, even one breeder’s admission that she kills healthy dogs simply because of their sub-par appearance.
In a recent press release, Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet, states, “In our Animal Planet Investigates specials, we are committed to providing viewers with a raw and unrestricted access to crucial animal issues. It’s our responsibility—however horrifying as it may be—to raise questions about the practice of mass dog breeding and to question whether hard profit is put before the welfare of animals.”
Animal Planet Investigates: Petland is the second installment of the Animal Planet Investigates series. Later this year, the series will continue with Animal Planet Investigates: Gang Dogs. To learn more, visit AnimalPlanet.com. –Megan Bender