Our mission is to convince Petland to stop selling puppies from mills and to support shelter adoptions instead.

Two recent HSUS exposes have uncovered evidence that Petland is the nation’s largest retail supporter of puppy mills. Many stores in this nationwide pet store chain sell puppies who were produced in overcrowded, mass-breeding factories where the breeding dogs live in small, cramped cages for life. Our investigators showed Petland employees claiming that the puppies sold on premises were procured from breeders with the highest standards. The HSUS’s video footage and the paper trail of puppy sales, though, told a different tale—of dogs produced in massive breeding operations in multiple states.

We discovered that many of the “breeders” who sell to the Petland stores we investigated are actually puppy mills, where hundreds of dogs are confined in barren cages for their entire lives, solely to churn out puppies for the pet trade. At many of these facilities our investigators saw appalling conditions: dogs and puppies living in filthy, barren wire cages reeking of urine, with no socialization or adequate care.

Reports from USDA inspectors confirm our findings, documenting myriad—and sometimes repeat—abuses at some of Petland’s suppliers. Despite the serious violations, Petland stores continue to buy from many of these unscrupulous mills.

In June 2009, The Humane Society of the United States revealed a six-month intensive search of public animal transport records in multiple states, documenting the fact that more than 95 percent of Petland's stores were supporting puppy mills by purchasing their dogs from large-scale dog brokers and/or directly from puppy mill operations, including some of the most notorious and abusive puppy mills in the country.

Two Petland stores were documented buying puppies from the facility of notorious puppy mill operator, Kathy Bauck in New York Mills, Minn, a convicted animal abuser.

1. Petland should stop selling puppies and support shelter adoptions instead.

2. Dog lovers should never buy a puppy from a pet store or Internet site, or shop at stores that sell puppies.

3. Always consider adoption first, or deal only with a breeder you have met in person and carefully screened.