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August 6, 2009

Petland Cruelty Case

You may have already heard about a shocking incident of animal cruelty that occurred at a Petland store in Akron. Two rabbits had fought and seriously injured each other. A Petland employee euthanized the rabbits by drowning them in a sink. The employee subsequently posted a photograph of herself grinning while holding the two dead rabbits. More information can be found here. Beware: the photo is really tough to look at.

The Petland store has subsequently been closed and the local prosecutor is considering pressing charges.

We can try to salvage something positive from this episode by contacting Frank Difatta, the president of Petland, to encourage Petland to stop selling rabbits. Snail mail and telephone information are provided below:

Snail Mail:
Ed Kunzelman, Founder and Chair
Frank Difatta, President
Petland USA
250 Riverside St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Call or Fax:
740-775-2464
800-221-5935
740-775-2575 (fax)

If you call, be sure to request that they make a record of your call or otherwise document that you contacted them, including why. Also, give your name and phone number. Most of all, be polite!

If you want to send an email or snail mail, you can use Terri's email as a starting point.

Mr. Difatta,

I was enormously saddened to read where an Akron Petland employee sadistically drowned two of the store's rabbits. Their tragic deaths came only after employees allegedly allowed them to mutilate each other while housed in the Akron store.

Thank you for Petland's corporate response to this incident. I understand the store was a franchise and will no longer be permitted to operate as such, and the employee in question has been charged with animal abuse. For these things, I am grateful.

Please take this opportunity to realign your company policies against selling animals and focus instead on pet supplies. I personally will not shop at Petland or any store that sells animals. I do frequent Pet People and online retailers to purchase supplies for my own pampered pet rabbits (which always includes one foster rabbit). I routinely use Oxbow hays, Carefresh litter, Oxbow pellet food, etc.

Again, I thank you for coming out with statements against this individual and terminating the Akron store's affiliation with Petland.

Thank you,

Terri Cook

Posted by Sue at August 6, 2009 9:34 AM