Nashville PetSmart raided, sick animals confiscated after videos, photos surface
NASHVILLE — Authorities have raided a Bellevue, Tenn., PetSmart after a video surfaced showing sick and injured animals not being cared for properly, a Metro Nashville Public Health Department spokesman said.
Metro police assisted the health department in the raid which took place Thursday morning at the business after a search warrant was issued earlier in the day.
Health spokesman Brian Todd said Metro Animal Care and Control received videos and photos showing inadequate care for animals at the business.
“We confiscated any injured or sick animals and have requested veterinary records as well as their policies on animal care,” Todd said. “Based on that we will work with Metro police and the DA’s office to determine whether charges will be filed.”
So far no arrests have been made.
According to a statement from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, managers at the Nashville store were observed “repeatedly refusing to provide sick, injured, and dying animals with veterinary care in order to keep costs down so that they would receive bonuses.”
The incidents were documented by a store employee and reported to PETA who in turn provided law enforcement with the photos and videos.
The small mammals involved included a guinea pig who suffered from an abscessed wound on his back, dehydration, and painful gastrointestinal stasis; a guinea pig whose abscessed knee joint spread infection to his heart, brain, and elsewhere; and a mouse who languished for more than a month with an inflamed eye and an apparent respiratory infection before dying without having received any veterinary care, PETA reported.
“Authorities acted quickly after learning that these sick, neglected animals were being left to endure slow, miserable deaths at PetSmart,” said PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch.
A spokesperson for PetSmart could not immediately be reached for comment.
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