South Austin Pet­land to close amid Hu­mane So­ci­ety law­suit

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCE - Com­piled from staff and wire re­ports

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.