TODAY AT 5: Controversial pet store defends allegations it sells sick dogs

Consumer investigator Jim Strickland was the first reporter to get Petland Kennesaw on camera about the allegations. They invited Channel 2 into the store to see the conditions first-hand.

A spokesperson said they’ll be investigating some of those allegations internally after Strickland revealed he had a recording of a Petland attorney admitting the store sold a sick dog.

“That's something that we will have to look into internally. Absolutely,” Petland public relations director Lauren Petz told Strickland. 

The federal lawsuit accuses the franchise of peddling sick puppy mill pets to unsuspecting buyers.

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“They bargained for a healthy, happy, adoptable pet. They got heartbreak, pain and expense,” said attorney Tamara Feliciano, who represents customers with complaints.

A bulldog named Attie is one of those cases. Owners John Stavrinakis and Mallory Eidson said the dog was coughing on the sales floor.

“They were just kind of writing it off, ‘oh it’s just kennel cough, it’s nothing, she’ll be fine,” Starvirnakis said. “She wasn’t fine. She was far from it.”

What Petland told Strickland about allegations and protests. Plus, why the dog was hospitalized and who picked up the tab. Today, on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m.

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