BELLEVUE, Tenn. (WKRN) ̵
It happened at nine o'clock in the morning at the new store on One Bellevue Place
Metro Animal Care and Control said the raid would come after they received information, photos and videos of "apparently inadequate care for injured animals in the PetSmart location in Bellevue. "
Animal welfare officials confiscated six animals from the shop – a guinea pig, mice and hamster. All six animals were taken to a local veterinarian to be checked out.
PETA claims that executives at the Bellevue business "were repeatedly observed refusing to provide veterinary assistance to sick, injured and dying animals in order to keep costs down so they could get bonuses."
PETA also alleges that a Nashville supervisor instructed the staff not to tell customers that PetSmart was carrying animals from Sun Pet Ltd. a warehouse in Atlanta, which was approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture after a 2010 PETA survey. 19659003] A PetSmart employee who has worked for the company for several years has turned News 2 out of the camera and completely disproved PETA's allegations.
She said she never abused or mistreated animals when they were ill. She told News 2 that if animals get sick, the staff will take care of them.
News 2 asked PetSmart for a comment.
The Public Prosecutor's Office Glenn Funk oversees the investigations conducted by Animal Control. The store reopened on Thursday afternoon.
The investigation is still ongoing.