I replied to an ad in the Ledger (see below) for a Pet Counselor at a new pet
store in the SS Plaza, which held 60 puppies. I started as a sales associate and
was paid on commission. I began seeing the horror on the second day. After two months,
I was offered a Manager position at their new Saugus store, which housed 90 puppies.
Once I was the manager, I had access to everything and anything I wanted. The
trouble started immediately. The puppies were sick and dying. I focused on the puppies,
but was reprimanded for not focusing on rest of the store.
I took numerous sick puppies to a VCA hospital in my home town, where I trusted
them and I spent over $3000 on each puppy. I took a total of 10 puppies, not all
of them survived.
I was fired for refusing to take a dog with Pneumonia out of the Oxygen Cage
at VCA hospital and back to the Pet Store. The puppy was later adopted by an employee
from the Braintree Store and he recovered.
This is when I began my quest to shut down all the Woof & Co. Stores.
The Management at Woof & Co.
Jim Dideo, President CEO
Jim Dideo came from a retail giant unassociated with anything ‘animal’. He viewed
the puppies as Strictly Profit. He suggested to me that the puppies not be fed in
the morning so that they wouldn’t defecate when the customers came in. Obviously
he wasn’t concerned with the health and well-being of the puppies, as if I did what
he suggested - the puppies would become hypoglycemic and die. He didn’t care as long
as they were clean.
Joannie Caska, District Manager
Joanne Caska HATED PUPPIES & DOGS, as she boasted to me on several occasions. She
was never concerned about the deathly ill puppies.
One puppy had liquid diarrhea, and I mentioned that I was taking the puppy home
with me to bring her to my former employer, VCA South Shore Animal Hospital. Joanne
replied that the puppy would be fine if we could just get her to eat, as she FORCEFULLY
squirted a mixture of canned food and water into her tiny, dehydrated mouth. Ignoring
Joannie’s solution, I took the puppy to VCA, and the sweet little innocent puppy
was too far gone....and prolapsed her rectum right on the examination table. I immediately
made the decision to end her misery and she humanely euthanized.
Keith Hope, Director of Store Operations
The most UNINTELLIGENT OF THEM ALL! What a huge misrepresentation if you only
read his Title. Keith contributed to all of the sick puppies remaining sick by simply
being IN CHARGE OF SEVERAL STORES. He was UNEDUCATED and IGNORANT, and was constantly
spreading the wrong information to the also uneducated lay staff.
Keith urged that Simple Green be used to clean everything the puppies came in
contact with. Unfortunately, Keith FAILED TO READ THE LABELS on these products. Simple
Green and Totalcide do not kill contagious canine viruses. Even after I brought this
to his attention, HE INSISTED ON USING IT in all 4 stores.
Keith’s idea of preventing canine kennel cough was to nebulize every puppy everyday,
before the puppy became ill. Unfortunately, nebulization is only effective at breaking
up mucus and fluid in the lungs, it has NO PREVENTATIVE HEALTH BENEFITES on an otherwise
healthy puppy. This idea of his was quickly nullified.
The Hunte Corporation - Goodman, Missouri
The two top players at the Hunte Corporation were Dr. Beard and Dr. Oxford, whom
I spoke to on several occasions. They also both also recommended Totalcide for disinfection.
These TWO VETERINARIANS also had no problems with using CATTLE LUNG DEWORMER,
Benzelmin Oxfendazole, routinely to treat puppies for intestinal parasites, in which
it has ZERO EFFECT for killing Canine Intestinal Parasites.
Naturally, a large corporation increases their profits by utilizing inexpensive
drugs, and staff. A dangerous and contraindicated ‘cocktail’ of drugs are used to
PERFORM SURGERIES on puppies eight weeks pf age. This combination of drugs, Rompum
& Ketamine, produced HORRIFIC & DANGEROUS SIDE-EFFETCS that only multiply when the
puppy is left alone in ECHOING & COLD Stainless Steel Cages... without a blanket.
This is TOTAL DISREGARD for the Health & Well-Being of All Puppies!
IN SUMMARY: As you can see, a Collection of IGNORANT (Top Ranking) People continue
to do SERIOUS HARM to Young & Innocent Puppies.
Inside The Hunte Corporation
The Hunte Corporation employed their own engineer, Virgil Kiser, who invented
a ventilation system prototype for the pet store chain. The system was first used
in the Braintree store as Prototype A,. Prototype A never worked properly, it continually
circulated the same air day after day, including the isolation room air that was
suppose to contain airborne viruses - Kennel Cough. This was a major contributor
for the puppies’ continued (and spreading) illnesses. The same ventilation system,
Prototype A, was installed in the newly acquired Saugus, MA store, and also never
I complained to The Hunte Corporation, and Virgil came to Saugus, MA to inspect
Prototype A. Upon the inspection, Virgil Kiser told me, in so many unrecognizable
engineer words, and to my face he stated that Prototype A is not working properly,
which he knew already from inspecting the same unit in the Braintree, MA store.
Virgil Kiser further explained that The Hunte Corporation was aware of the problems
with Prototype A shortly after it was installed in Braintree, but had it installed
in Saugus regardless of the death it would promote.
In conclusion, Virgil Kiser wrote a report pertaining to the harmful effects
that Prototype A contributed to the current illnesses and resistant viruses in both
Woof & Co. Pet stores, by circulating canine kennel cough throughout both stores,
Braintree and Saugus Massachusetts.
However, trembling from the accusations of Prototype A, and the repercussions of
full disclosure, Joseph Versluceas knew the report could not continue its travels
through the corporate chain of command. Joey, as he was affectionately called, permanently
altered Virgil Kiser’s report, terminating the truth, to say that Prototype A is
a State-of-the -Art Ventilation System and actually recommended for future Woof &
Co Pet Stores! OUTRAGEOUS!
Upon realizing this fraudulent activity, I contacted Virgil at The Hunte Corporation,
to inquire about the imposter report. In fear of losing his job, Virgil Kiser cowered
in defeat. He had given up on tens of thousands of sweet and innocent “Babies Born
from Neglect,” evidently, he was fine with his inactivity in securing his character.
Virgil Kiser has NO INTEGRITY and is a mere “PUPPET for a PAYCHECK”.
The Class B Broker
Class B Brokers are large corporations that act as a middle-man, from the puppy
mill breeders to the pet stores.
As a multi-million dollar industry, the puppies come into this facility in Goodman,
Missouri, already neglected.
Knowingly, the Hunte corporation further stresses out the immune-compromised puppies
by bathing, microchipping, vaccinating, deworming and often perform surgery for umbilical
hernias. After an assembly-line of thousands of puppies, they are shipped out on
18-wheelers for their 7-10 day journey to the pet store that purchased them.
The drivers of these trucks are not medical staff, veterinarians, nor veterinary
technicians. The puppies are unmonitored, untreated and often arrive at their destination
dehydrated, covered in feces, starving for human contact and severely traumatized.
Some of the puppies arrive dead.
Water bottles are usually unknown to these puppies, and spend 7-10 days without
drinking. Dry puppy food is thrown into their crates, without any regards to their
appetite, which many do not eat or are not fed enough.
It’s because of consumers that puppy mills and pet stores are still in business.
2003 Me and My Pekingeses.
Chyna-Doll (L) andElsa-Dolce.
The hunte Corpration is a Class B Broker.
AKA puppy mill exploiter.
The Midwest’s LOCAL AD
The Hunte Corporation is
THE LARGEST PUPPY CLASS B BROKERS.
The Pet Store
The puppies arrive to very excited, under paid and inexperienced and usually juvenile
staff that is waiting for their late-night, secret arrival.
The puppies’ crates are unloaded by the dozens and into the pet store’s isolation
rooms, by stuffing 5-6 puppies in one 2 x 2 wire cage. The puppies then spend the
next 48 hours in these cramped conditions, without even ever getting out to stretch
their little legs or play. It’s mostly open the door, throw the food in and slam
the cage door shut.
Since the puppies do not get any exercise out of these cages, All of their energy
must be disbursed in other ways, thus promoting behavior that is very difficult for
them to forget and very hard to correct. Wire chewing, glass or surface chewing,
biting their own bodies, biting other puppies, and eating feces are all the results
of Boredom and energy combined. These traumatic situations produce mental and physical
Individual medical records are not kept on any of the puppies, in any pet store,
as it would be time-consuming and would produce mounds of paperwork. Also, it is
not a requirement mandated by state regulations. Illegible hand-written scribbles
are squeezed onto the puppy’s USDA purchase sheet. Vital information is ignored,
thus not recorded. Important vitals signs could be a clear indicator of an individual
puppy’s health and well-being, including appetites, weights and temperatures.
The puppies are only taken out of their cages when customers ask to sit with them,
in the ready-and-waiting puppy pens. Here the customers gets to sit with the puppy
before purchasing it. Often times, the customers do not like the energetic puppies
because they seeminlgy have no manners. But they willfully over-look is the way these
puppies live their life in the pet store. So, the result is a puppy that stays in
it’s cage all day long.
The puppy playrooms are never disinfected between puppy visits, Nor is the public
asked to wash hands before or after handling the puppies.
The Veterinary staff usually comes from vets from the local animal hospital. These
vets are paid per visit, not per puppy, so they do not spend adequate time to carefully
examine each puppy, and basically, they try to do the entire pet store puppy population
in as little time as possible. I once witnessed a vet go thru 90 puppies in 45 minutes.
The puppies can spend up to four to six months at the pet store, again, with no
proper medical care or adequate daily exercise.
All the different breeds of puppies are fed the same low-cost puppy diet of dry
food twice daily. Large breeds are not fed Large Breed Puppy diets, and coupled with
inadequate exercise, bone and physical deformities occur. The toy breeds are not
fed 4-5 times daily, as required to avoid hypoglycemia, and are often emaciated.
The large breed puppies often suffer the most physical damage, due to cage confinement.
These puppies are growing quickly and deformities occur in their limbs, including
carpal hyperextension, and painful panosteitis.
Every puppy in a pet store suffers from muscle atrophy, from lack of exercise,
as evident from t heir non-existent thigh muscles. These puppies have trouble controlling
their limbs, and have low stamina. It takes months of daily exercise to bring them
to a normal muscular state.
The puppy prices are usually high, and often higher than a reputable breeders price,.
Pet stores pay only a fraction of their sale price, for instance, the pet store pays
$250 for a Labrador Retriever, and then sells it to the public for at least $1200.
Keep in mind that these are puppy mill puppies, and no genetic screening or selective
breeding is done. Hereditary diseases run rampant in puppy mill/pet store puppies.
Hip and elbow dysplasia, luxating patellas, fragmented coronoids, OCD lesions,
glaucoma, and liver shunts are ignored by puppy mill breeders.
The prices for the puppies only drop when they reaches a certain age, which is
usually not until they are 6 months old, which can be devastating to a puppy. Often
a $1400 Pekingese is marked down to $500 when it reaches six months old. Also, keep
in mind that the pet stores do not count a puppy’s age by the week like they should,
but only by the month, which can add weeks to the puppy’s already long stay.
Who could knowingly cause all of these problems for innocent puppies? The pet store
owners, of course! These type of people have no regard to the lifestyle of these
puppies, nor of the childhood they endure. They keep ordering these puppies like
they are ordering dinner.
These are the people that keep puppy mills in business.
With NO toys and NO blankets, how can you cuddle on a wire cage bottom?
Totally Isolated and Alone for 12-14 Hours Overnight.