"Karen Paul was unable to provide a scintilla of evidence to prove that the statements in the complaint were true and made in good faith," the email reads. "Petland Kennesaw has never interrupted or harassed Karen Paul's protests or other activities, because it believes in the First Amendment Rights afforded to all citizens. However, Petland Kennesaw maintains that the First Amendment is not a license to defame a business in order to benefit any cause or mission."
But Paul maintains the pet store is trying to "silence what I have exposed."
"Someone needs to raise their voice and really show consumers what Petland is doing," she says.
Fellow Kennesaw resident Cyndee McClintock drives past the local Petland store all too often.
"They hire these high school kids to stand out front and hold signs," she tells The Dodo.
Usually, they're touting store sales. Sometimes, McClintock stops and rolls down her window.
"I know they don't understand the ramifications," she explains. "They think they're doing something good. I've actually pulled over my car and educated a few of them. So much of it is education. People really don't know until you tell them that that's not really where they should get their dogs."