Hearing this rumor, I contacted the owner of the chain and had a 10 minute conversation with him.
I was opposed to this, because animals in pet stores are never treated properly. Over half of them die during shipment, they rarely - if ever receive vet. care, and a lot of pets are sold to homes with people who will either mistreat them, or don't know enough about them to fully care for them.
I presented my points to the owner, Bob Hessling, and these were his exact quotes that I wrote down verbatim:
"I'm going to be honest with you. If we're selling a guinea pig for $25 that has a head cold, are we going to be able to afford his vet bills? Probably not. It's a wash. We won't be making any profit off of that, but that's what happens when you decide to sell animals in your establishment."
"I know you probably heard about sick animals being thrown in freezers when they're sick or dying, and who's to say that isn't a humane way to kill them? I mean, half of the people would say it is, and half of the people would say it isn't."
So already, he has stated that he won't provide vet care for sick or injured animals if the vet bills cost more than the profit he will make off of the animal, and that if he can't provide vet care, freezing them to death is an option.
I am really disgusted, and I urge as many of you as possible to send E-mails and or real letters to the store to try and persuade them NOT to begin to sell animals.
Thank you so much! I think we can make a difference for the animals.
Bob and Robyn Hessling
Pet Supplies Plus
5161 Gull RD
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048
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