According to an October 13 report by Fox Carolina News, PETA is asking the solicitor’s office to open a criminal investigation into a Columbia PetSmart following the deaths of three dozen small pets who perished in the October flooding that devastated much of South Carolina last week.
“Although they had ample warning and numerous flood advisories, PetSmart representatives, apparently knowingly and intentionally, left animals in the store, caged and unable to escape rising waters. PETA is calling for an immediate criminal investigation into and applicable charges for this callous and negligent behavior.”
Cruelty Casework Associate Manager with PETA, Kristen DeJournett contacted Marli Drum, Superintendent with Columbia Animal Services Division as well as Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor, the Honorable Dan Johnson after their office was swamped with calls about the pets.
PetSmart employees are accused of leaving the store on Garners Ferry Road knowing there was a great possibility the store would flood. Cats and dogs were removed prior to the danger. PetSmart staff are accused of knowingly and intentionally leaving the animals in their cages, where they were unable to escape the rising water.
Since PetSmart staff stated dogs and cats were evacuated as a “precautionary measure,” this shows store management knew the danger they were placing the small pets in and left them anyway.
PETA accuses the PetSmart staff of leaving the pets to experience horrific and terrifying deaths before their eventual drowning and is asking those responsible to be criminally charged. Another Columbia PetSmart was able to get all of their pets, including the smaller ones, to a safe place before the flooding.
WACH Fox 57 added that only a few pets survived out of the three dozen abandoned. PETA officials also report the National Weather Service gave ample warning for the staff to get the animals to a safe place.
Should the management and staff responsible for leaving the pets to drown be charged with animal abandonment and neglect for failing to move them to a safe place? Please sound off in the comments.