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Old 03-15-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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I was driving around today and stopped at Burlington Coat Factory. While I was there I thought I'd jump next door to check out this Pet Kingdom place (off Colonial + 41). When I first walked into the door I was very impressed with the place--it reminded me a lot of the Rainforest Cafe. But, the more I walked into it the more appalled I was at the conditions some of the animals were living in. They have monkeys there, parrots, guinea pigs and lots and LOTS of puppies. The puppies, some bigger puppies (like labs, shepherds, husky's, etc) were all crammed into these tiny little glass cages. There was hardly any room for them to walk around. There were four BIG lab puppies in one tiny enclosure. The enclosures they were in were no longer than 10 feet, give or take. Also, those poor monkeys. THey were the SADDEST monkeys I've ever seen. Not enough room, again. I couldn't believe that they had SO many puppies in such confined spaces. While the place wasn't super dirty, it could have used some improvements. At least I saw someone going around giving the animals water.

Has anybody else been in this place? What's your take on the condition of the animals?
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:17 PM
 
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I was in there once and quickly left. I will not spend one penny in a place that sells puppies for profit, and would rather shop at Petsmart & Petco, both of whom work with rescues.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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It's a terrible place. Often there are protests out in front as they sell puppy mill dogs. Any lover of animals should stay far, far away.

Pet Supermarket is right across the street....
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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Ditto!

The only reason I would might buy a dog from a store like Pet Kingdom is to rescue it. Many of them are sick and undernourished. However, with the money you'd spend in Pet Kingdom, you can adopt 2 shelter dogs and still have plenty left to donate to The Humane Society.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:21 AM
 
Location: cape coral
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I don't like the pet store puppie sale at all, my opinion, either buy your dog from a good breeder or rescue one. Yes I have been at Pet Kingdom and felt so sorry for those puppies. However if you purchase a puppy there, even so you think you are just buying the puppy because you want to rescue it, you support puppy mills and bad breeding. I have 3 German Shepherd Dogs, two of them purchased thru good breeders and one of them is a rescue. But I really was thinking about to purchase a German Shepherd Puppy at Pet Kingdom just 2 weeks ago, because I felt so sorry for him. - I did not because I am not supporting those practises and I know if I buy one puppy there will be many more to come.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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Most, if not all, pet stores in this area get their puppied from puppy mills. There are some smaller stores that sell litters from private people. Others do adoptions and the pups have to get fixed or already are.

Buying a pup from Pet Kingdom isn't saving it..it's making room for another puppy mill puppy. Most of those pups are sick from day one and are way over priced.

I won't buy anything from those places..not one thing..I refuse to support them in any way.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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I bought my shetland sheepdog at Pet Kingdom 8 years ago and he is so unmanageable. With the cage he cost me 1000.00. I love my dog and take very good care of him but my neighbors run back inside their apartment when I bring him out. He barks at everything. He was so quiet at the pet store. I visited him about 10 times before I finally bought him. Once home he got over his shyness very quickly. If I had it to do over again I would have gotten a rescue dog. Not only would I have saved 900.00 I couldn't possibly gotten a worse behaved dog. As far as cages at the store go they are pretty much the same size at all pet stores. It is sad to see a cat or dog get to be 4 or 5 months old and you know they never have gotten out of their cage. I guess if you were a child it be similar to spending the first year of your life never leaving the crib.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:13 PM
 
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I bought my shetland sheepdog at Pet Kingdom 8 years ago and he is so unmanageable. With the cage he cost me 1000.00. I love my dog and take very good care of him but my neighbors run back inside their apartment when I bring him out. He barks at everything. He was so quiet at the pet store. I visited him about 10 times before I finally bought him. Once home he got over his shyness very quickly. If I had it to do over again I would have gotten a rescue dog. Not only would I have saved 900.00 I couldn't possibly gotten a worse behaved dog. As far as cages at the store go they are pretty much the same size at all pet stores. It is sad to see a cat or dog get to be 4 or 5 months old and you know they never have gotten out of their cage. I guess if you were a child it be similar to spending the first year of your life never leaving the crib.

this is an owner issue, not a Pet Kingdom issue.

Did you bother to research the breed? Did you not take the time to TRAIN the dog? Don't blame the dog when you're clearly the problem.
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