Target: Manager of Walmart’s Kemptville, Ontario Supercentre #1047
Goal: Reinstate woman fired for confronting owner who left dog in hot car and encourage employees and customers to take animal welfare seriously
Carla Cheney, an employee at Walmart’s Kemptville, Ontario’s Supercentre (#1047), was dismissed from employment after she observed a large Newfoundland being locked into a vehicle with little ventilation. After waiting several minutes for the return of the owner, she felt obligated to inform the authorities of the animal’s condition. The police arrived on scene, took the vehicle’s information, and found the owner. As the Walmart customer left, he confronted Cheney after she reminded him of the dangers a child or pet face inside a parked vehicle, saying that the dog in the car was none of her business.
Cheney returned to work, but was quickly called into her manager’s office and terminated from employment, for ‘being rude to a customer.’ Cheney had made a previous complaint to her manager in regards to an animal inside of a vehicle, but the manager dismissed her plight. She informed the manager that she would use her best judgement should future hazardous events occur, and call authorities if she felt that a pet was in danger. While Walmart claims to have a policy ‘that directs associates to take appropriate action, and if necessary, to notify authorities if they believe an animal is in distress or at risk,’ the corporation directly violated its policy with Cheney’s wrongful termination.
Demand that Carla Cheney be exonerated and reinstated to her position in the pharmaceutical department for defending the welfare of a helpless dog. She followed Walmart’s own policy, and was fired for doing the right thing. By signing this petition, you not only command Walmart’s Kemptville Supercentre to enforce policies protecting animals and children in its parking lot, but also commend Cheney’s courage and conviction.
To the Hiring Manager of Kemptsville, Ontario’s Walmart #1047:
Please reinstate former employee Carla Cheney, and commend her actions as thousands worldwide already have. Perhaps you are unaware of the dangers that infants, children, elderly, and pets face inside of parked vehicles on hot days. Temperatures can escalate rapidly, and even with windows left cracked, air-flow is marginal to stifling. Those unable to leave a vehicle not only suffer physical pain and distress, but also face psychological traumas as their situation grows more and more dire.
After recognizing the distress of one Newfoundland in a parked vehicle, waiting an appropriate amount of time for the owner’s return, and subsequently informing authorities of the animal’s condition when the owner failed to do so, Cheney followed your company’s policy to uphold animal welfare on the premises. While it may be deemed ‘rude’ for a customer to be informed of the perils his pet faced when confined in baking uncertainty, his offense at the situation was of his own making. Cheney demonstrated great courage and conviction in her actions, and seems the kind of employee a company should be proud of. She serves as an inspiration to other Walmart associates worldwide who may now take action against unnecessary suffering. Celebrate her strong character, rather than tarnishing it when she took the right course of action.
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