Petland Faces Puppy Mill Lawsuit; Dog From Davie Store Raised by Rat Bastard

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From Nebraska, to Davie, to the arms of Anthony from Petland.

The Humane Society of the United States has filed this class-action lawsuit against Petland, which has several local stores, claiming Petland buys dogs from puppy mills. This actually comes as some good news to my landlord, because now I am totally not going back to Petland to adopt that Weimaraner I saw there yesterday.

While I was at the Petland in Davie, I asked super-nice employee Anthony to show me the dog's AKC papers. Anthony dashed into a back room and produced papers that reveal the pup in question was born in December at a Nebraska breeding facility owned by one Sheryl Tietz. At this point, Anthony was wondering why I was writing all this down, so I changed the subject by suggesting Anthony hold the pup while I take photos with my phone.

Anywho, turns out Sheryl Tietz of Bancroft, Nebraska, has been identified by Petshoppuppies.com as owner of a puppy mill. The website even links to USDA violations, like this one, at Tietz's facility. Among her violations: excessive fecal matter, a whelping mother dog with an inflamed wound, a dehydrated Weimaraner pup that wasn't moving, and other things that I could write, but then I would start weeping little-girl-style and be unable to type.

Not trusting what I read on the intranets, I put in a call to said puppy mill owner Sheryl Tietz of Bancroft, Nebraska.

Husband Duane Tietz answered the phone. He's a 52-year-old father of six who seemed a bit surprised by my call. Asked if his family ran a puppy mill, Duane said: "Well, we don't think we do."

Duane -- who was super nice, by the way -- guessed the puppy-mill label probably came from PETA or the media. "We love animals," he said. They've got chickens and cows and raise some dogs too, he said. Duane wouldn't say exactly how many dogs. "Oh, I guess that kind of information I wouldn't give out."

Duane, you had me until that one. If you're not a puppy mill, you just say you've got like four dogs, so there's no way you could be a puppy mill, right? But if you are a puppy mill, don't you act all sweet, talk about chickens and shit, and then refuse to say how many dogs you have? Either that, or he's just really private about just that one thing.

Duane said the Weimaraner I saw in Davie ended up there from a dog broker. He sold the dog to the broker when they were unable to unload the pup and a couple of others from the litter. He guesses the broker probably deals with Petland and other stores.

I mentioned to Duane that it was one beautiful, gangly, cuddly, puppy that I saw in Davie. "Oh good," he said. "I like to hear that our dogs end up in good homes."

Good homes? No, Duane, your dog did not end up in a good place.

I should mention that I sent an email to Petland P.R. person Lacey J. Clever to ask about the Humane Society lawsuit. She sent me a response that began:

CHILLICOTHE, OHIO - March 17, 2009 - Petland Inc. is outraged and disappointed at the latest false accusations propagated by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a radical animal rights group that has no affiliation with local humane societies.
Lacey didn't return my phone call or email to follow up on how that Weimaraner I saw had come from a breeder accused of being a puppy mill. But Lacey did end her email with this salutation: ">Have a Great Day!"

I will, Lacey. I just wish I could say the same for that Weimaraner.


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bonnie
bonnie

i emailed petland and specifically asked them where did their puppies come from and did they come from puppy mills.  they outright lied to me and told me that their puppies come from reputable breeders and not puppy mills.  someone needs to find hard core proof and close this store down.  i even inquired about an australian shepherd puppy that was for sale there.  they told me that the aussie pup had a slight cold but will still be able to go to a new home and if i wanted him, he was available.  i then waited a few days, and then went back on the petland website to look at the puppies again.  the australian shepherd puppy was no longer there or available.  i suspect that something happened to it.  be careful where you buy a puppy from!!!

no name
no name

So, I'm from the area where they run this mill. Yes it is a mill, and I could say plently about the owner. I have 1st person and single handedly cared for and watched these dogs die of parvo, and helped with c-sections! I worked for a clinic in the area. This guy is back, saw a flyer with a new name just recently. PETA needs to shut him down for good. Breeding 8-10 year old dachsunds is not right for just a start, how about other cruel acts?

business It support
business It support

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Bel
Bel

I recently bought a maltese puppy (February) from Russo's Pets at the Spectrum in Irvine, CA. The papers said that it came from a breeder Sheryl Tietz. My puppy first had gyardia, then elevated ALT and ALKP (I am still not sure what is going on with the liver, doing more testing) and finally I found out a few days ago that it has luxating patella stage 3 on one leg and late stage 2 on the other. How can a "good breeder" do such a thing and breed puppies with congenital issues??

miniature boxer dog
miniature boxer dog

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Charles Winslowe
Charles Winslowe

As a follow-up to this article; The lawsuit has been dismissed because HSUS did not provide any credible evidence to support their claims. Be careful when believing HSUS, this is their MO when it comes to fundraising tactics. You know they have $300,000,000 and sue everyone in their agenda in their goal of a vegan America? Right? You did the research on HSUS and looked at their IRS tax returns, right? You have seen the HSUS 3r's, right? You have seen their vegan recipes on their site, right? Your research found less than 4 cents of every HSUS donation dollar goes to help shelters and rescues, right? You just didn't donate to them without doing research, that would be just plain silly!

Judy
Judy

My daughter worked at Petland and adopted a dog that was rescued from a negligent owner and put up for adoption at Petland. They also found homes for unwanted dogs and cats. I also purchased a dog from there and am very happy with my purchase 2 years later. They were very caring owners and knew where their dogs came from. If someone could no longer care for their pet, the store owners brought it back in to find a new home for it. They stood behind their dogs.

Nick
Nick

I bought a maltese from Petland about 4 months ago. I guess I got lucky because the dog is in perfect health, looks to the breed standard, has a five generation pedigree with five champion bloodlines and has the best personality of any dog I have ever owned!

Mary
Mary

At times I was not happy with HSUS. However, tracking down the puppymills and the retail stores who support them is a fantastic effort. I used to work at another pet store and I quit after 6 mos because it was about $$$$$ not animals or their welfare. I was on the Hunte truck during delivery and saw all the puppies slated for the local Petland stores. Those puppies were NOT in good condition. And boy were they stressed. Petland and Hunte keep the puppymill industry going and I'm glad the HSUS stepped in. While I don't support any effort to prohibit a person's right to have a pet, I do support this puppymill crackdown. It is way overdue.

skippy
skippy

According to the HSUS every dog breeder in America is a puppy mill

"They are paying them (the Humane groups) to do that. Every animal breeder in America is going to shut down. I don't like it. All those people are going to be in soup kitchen lines. I dont like it at all."

Government Informant

Tim
Tim

Sharon, I think you didn't get it. Let me try to explain. The problem is not that some puppies coming from puppy mills are sweet or not, neither you would pay their vet bills when they get sick. The problem is that there are thousands of dogs if not million in puppy mills, probably including the mother of your puppies, living in very very small cages throughout their lives, in miserable conditions without any proper human contact. That is the problem. I hope you got it this time, and hopefully you would stop buying dogs from puppy mills when dogs are exterminated by the millions each year in this country.

Jay
Jay

Hey Anonymous - your youthful ignorance is showing. In the beginning, organizations like HSUS, PETA, et. al. were quite honest in their call for the elimination of domestic animals. Over the years they have toned down their rhetoric in order to attract more donations from the uninformed public such as yourself. But if you read between the lines you can see their true agenda remains the unchanged. They are not trying to improve animals' lives. Their agenda places unnecessary restrictions on ordinary people - thus discouraging animal ownership. Unless you are a VEGAN opposed to any and all animal usage (pets, meat, fish, milk, cheese, eggs, jello, clothing, entertainment, medical research, etc., etc.) then you are supporting your enemy. I hope you enjoy your tofurkey next Thanksgiving.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um, Jay, check your facts. HSUS is not against pet-ownership. They just want to make sure that all animals are treated humanely. I dismiss information that comes from uninformed commenters as close-minded stupidity.

Kim Townsend
Kim Townsend

Great coverage of an important topic Eric!

I did want to clarify a few things about or organization. The correct website is www.petshoppuppies.org, although our databases where we keep information about breeders and pet stores are located on www.petshoppuppies.com. If any of your readers have a puppy or a dog that they originally obtained from a pet store, they can fill out a request for a free puppy report at http://www.petshoppuppies.com/....

I also want to clarify your statement Teitz's run a puppy mill. While I certainly have my opinions, they are just that...my opinions! We simply provide copies of reports that we receive through Open Records Requests, and allow each individual to make their own determination as to whether or not a breeder is running a puppy mill.

Thanks again for blogging about this! Not enough people know about this ugly industry, and while I feel for the puppy still in the pet store, please try to look past it to the parents of that puppy! For them, their suffering does not end with the swipe of a credit card -- they will live and die in a cage, never serving any purpose other than to supply pet stores with puppies.

Sharon
Sharon

I wonder what happened to that poor puppy. It sure isn't the puppy's fault. I hope he got a good home with someone who will help him grow up happy and healthy. I have some puppy mill dogs and they are real sweet. They may have some problems but I pay for their vet bills.They deserve the best.

jay
jay

All pet stores get their dogs from so-called puppy mills (an operation that breeds dogs for profit). This is by definition - responsible breeders (those who breed to "improve the breed") only place their puppies into loving homes, and never with brokers or pet shops. Because there are not enough responsible breeders to meet the demand for puppies, puppy mills help to fill that void. This is a good thing, in my opinion. Unless, of course, the puppy mill really is keeping their animals in deplorable conditions. However, because HSUS and their ilk consider pet ownership deplorable - I dismiss any information that comes from those organizations as propaganda designed to promote their extremist agenda (the extinction of all domestic animals).

Marti340
Marti340

We purchased a Bichon from a pet store in San Francisco that was from Sheryl Tietz. So far she is fine- she was born on October 20, 2011. We will keep our fingers crossed and keep you posted on her progress. We may stop by to see her mom Heaven's Blessing Summer Sunshine.

Poop
Poop

Question this ...how could the store you bought this puppy from accept it with a grade 3? and how could that store not use measures to treat things like giardia (you should learn how to spell what you're treating)....do you know that a luxating patella can result from a traumatic injury like jumping or falling from an unsafe height.... I actually have a puppy from Sheryl, I have a puppy from a pet store...my puppy is perfect, her personality, her health and her breed standard...... The person who wrote this original article is a moron, plain and simple....

Mutts from now on
Mutts from now on

Having owned a few, Maltese's as a breed tend to be very healthy and have no congenital defects to speak of. So, if you were going to luck out with a pet shot/mill puppy, it would most likely be a Maltese. I would seriously doubt those bloodlines and pedigree papers, however. Stores like Petland fake that stuff a lot. My parents foolishly got a pug and a Maltese from a pet shop instead of a breeder. The pug was the unhealthiest dog we've ever had and the Maltese is twice the size she should be and has curly poodle/bichon type hair. We learned our lesson. It's breeders, breed rescues, and shelters from now on.

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