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Henderson Petland fined thousands for sick dog, overcrowding violations

A sick dog and overcrowding are just some of the violations animal control officers say they found inside Petland in Henderson. (Norberto Arroyo/KSNV)

A sick dog and overcrowding are just some of the violations animal control officers say they found inside Petland in Henderson.

It was enough to get the popular pet store in trouble with the law.

The owner is now facing criminal charges and has been fined more than $12,000.

Animal Control officers said the store failed to follow laws designed to protect people from buying unhealthy pets.

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News 3 talked to one woman who is familiar with the practices of Petland in Henderson.

“Absolutely horrible,” she said. “That's degrading to me as someone who is an animal lover and someone who has been around animals my entire life.”

Henderson Animal Control officers did an inspection of the store Nov.1. They documented 19 violations, including cramped cages, failing to provide medical records and failing to isolate a sick dog.

“They know a puppy is sick but they won't put them in an isolation kennel,” said the source.

News 3 asked her if that meant the store was knowingly selling sick animals.

“If they don't catch it quick enough, then yes, they will sell it,” she noted.

The violations come just days after the Las Vegas City Council voted to repeal an ordinance that would have required pet stores to only sell dogs that came from rescue organizations.

Animal rights advocate Gina Greisen heads up Nevada Voters for Animals.

“Clearly, you know, they're putting profits before puppies,” said Gina Greisen.

According to Greisen, potential pet owners should always do their homework before buying a pet anywhere.

“We really do hope that when people come in, ask all the questions, look where that puppy came from, do your research,” she explained.

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The manager of Petland would not talk to News 3 on camera, but she did send us a statement.

"We put the health and well-being of our pets first. We were very surprised by the citations after having multiple visits over several years without even a mention of one,” said Najla Silmi.

“We are looking forward to rectify this with the city of Henderson in the near future,” she continued.

The owner of Petland in Henderson is expected in court Dec.13.

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