A Pennsylvania pet store is facing heavy criticism after a Facebook post from an ex-employee surfaced that claimed the store was abusing its animals.
Katelyn Cerciello had previously worked at the Robinson Petland in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania. After just a month working there, she “couldn’t watch the owner refuse vet care for sick puppies anymore, ship them back to the Hunte Corporation to be euthanized, or in general sell puppy-mill puppies for thousands of dollars to the unknowing public.”
“You could tell they were sick,” Cerciello told reporters. She says, “9-week-old puppies should be bouncing and playing, but they’d be lying on the floor.”
Despite her insistence to help the animals, she claims that the store’s owner did nothing to help.
“(I) kept telling him something needs to be done and he wouldn’t do anything,” she said.
After being stonewalled, Cerciello decided to take matters into her own hands and wrote a long post on her Facebook page describing in detail the alleged abuses the animals would suffer.
“I was basically horrified at the sight of white mice in the back room,” she wrote. “They were bloody, smelled like rotting flesh, and horrendous looking.”
On another post she describes how she discovered the supposed “breeder” of one of the dogs ran a puppy mill. She also described abuses animals allegedly received while in shipment saying, “It was known that there was supposed to be 13 puppies arriving on the truck. Only 10 of those 13 made it to Petland. I was told by the older ladies who work in the kennel that those puppies were pulled from the truck on the way because they had DIED.”
When reached for comment, the owner of the store told reporters that Cerciello had made up the posts as well as the photos included along with them.
According to the manager, the store is up to date with the American Kennel Club. The store has also been allegedly receiving threats and posted a note on its door on July 20 saying the store closed early due to “personal threats on employees and harassment.”
“I just want people to know what actually happens there, what they’re spending thousands of dollars on,” Cerciello told reporters.