South Austin Petland to close amid Humane Society lawsuit
The South Austin location of Petland is closing. The Humane Society of the United States has sued Petland Inc., accusing the company of buying pets from mills.
A Petland employee at the store at 9900 S. Interstate 35 confirmed the store was closing “probably next week” but declined to elaborate. The store has been regularly picketed by protesters who accuse it of selling puppies from puppy mills. The store’s owners say they only purchase dogs from USDA-approved breeders.
The action came as Austin’s Animal Advisory Commission met Wednesday night to consider recommending a ban on retail sales of dogs and cats because of concerns about animals bred at mills. The store’s owners told KXAN-TV that they decided to close because they thought the city had already passed the ban. However, the proposed ban hasn’t yet come before the City Council.