Target: Gurbir S. Grewal, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor
Goal: Shut down pet stores belonging to man accused of nearly 300 counts of repeated animal cruelty.
Over 60 puppies were found crammed inside a van outside of a pet store that was recently closed due to animal welfare complaints. Police patrolling the area heard whining and whimpering coming from a parked vehicle. Upon investigation, they found 67 puppies squished into the van, which was only a few degrees above freezing temperature. Two to four animals were forced into each crate, with many left without access to food and water and others covered in feces and urine. At least 15 of the puppies required attention at a nearby animal hospital, while the rest were transported to a shelter.
The owner of the pet store where the puppies were found was recently charged with 267 counts of animal cruelty after an investigation revealed shocking cruelty and neglect. Three dead dogs were found in a freezer, while hundreds more were left exposed to disease and illness, resulting in death for some. Other allegations of general neglect by store operators include that the animals did not receive proper medical care or adequate food and water.
While the location where these atrocities were found has been shut down, the owner still has three more stores, one of which has pending animal cruelty complaints. In order to ensure that no more animals are subjected to the man’s alleged barbaric and profit-focused practices, the owner must be punished and banned from operating pet stores. Sign the petition below to urge jail time and a ban on animal ownership for this seemingly neglectful businessman.
Dear Mr. Grewal,
The owner of a pet store recently closed due to egregious animal welfare violations is now facing accusations of further cruelty. One week after the closure of the pet store, police found 67 puppies crammed into crates and left in the back of a van outside the store in near-freezing weather. The puppies were left without access to food and water and covered in feces and urine.
The man accused of nearly 300 counts of animal cruelty is still responsible for three other pet stores, one of which currently faces animal welfare complaints. In order to save more dogs from similarly horrific treatment, the owner must be punished and banned from having animals under his care. We, the undersigned, demand that the man is given jail time and that his pet stores are closed if he is found guilty.
[Your Name Here]
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