In Pasadena, Texas, a disturbing incident has sparked the ire of animal lovers concerning Petco employees laughing at a “down in his luck” man trying to feed his dog he loved very much.
In a now viral post, an animal advocate, who had been a regular customer at Petco, had been cutting through the Pasadena Petco parking lot on her way to Kroger and noticed employees of the pet supply store throwing away merchandise including high end therapeutic dog beds along with bags of food into a dumpster behind the store.
“I stopped because the ones on top all looked brand new,” Lisa Jezek wrote in her post on Facebook. “An elderly man approached me and told me he saw the store employees cutting up and throwing away these new items. He was down on his luck but had a little elderly dog that he loved very much and politely asked them for just a small bag of the food so he could feed his little senior dog that they were throwing away anyway and was told NO very rudely.”
The employees laughed at the old man and his senior dog as he watched them destroy the dog food, bedding and items that the man could have used along with local shelters and rescue organizations. Surely any rescue would have appreciated the food and bedding!
“What Pasadena Petco throws in their trash almost on a daily basis is shameful and they don’t JUST throw it away,” continued Lisa. “They attempt to completely destroy by slashing and cutting it so that NO ONE can use it. SUCH WASTE when there are so many animals starving and the shelters and rescues struggle everyday to provide just the bare minimum for the animals that deserve so much better.”
It is not known how Petco can be so wasteful, and for the heartless employees who stood there and laughed at an old man and his hungry dog – denying the pup just a small bag of food. If the store is worried about people picking through the trash and trying to return the discarded items back to the store, why not just remove the bar code?
“Whether it’s food or any other item they can simply have recipients sign a waiver not holding the store responsible because it’s been returned for whatever reason. Pretty simple. I may be just one person but this is one person that won’t be back to shop here.”
It is truly understandable that Petco has certain protocols for disposing of used merchandise, recalled merchandise, open food bag, et al, but surely some degree of compassion should exist.
Petco has since responded.
Petco Hi Sandie and Jeanne. Thank you for your comments, we appreciate your concern. Please be assured that this is being addressed.
Updates to follow. Please be respectful when contacting Petco.
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