Tuesday, March 17, 2009

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - The Humane Society of the United States has accused Petland Inc. of scheming to sell sick puppies to thousands of unsuspecting Americans.

The animal protection group is suing Petland, based in Chillicothe (chil-ih-KAH’-thee), Ohio. The suit was filed Monday in federal court in Phoenix by attorneys for Humane Society members and people who say they bought sick puppies.

The Humane Society says the pet store chain indicated the puppies were healthy and the product of high-quality breeders.

The group says its investigation shows many puppies were bred in horrific conditions in mills or through brokers such as the Hunte Corp., based in Goodman, Mo.

Petland and Hunte didn’t return messages seeking comment Tuesday.

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