'They had actually died'
Rylee Barr is a former employee of Petland in Sarasota, Florida. She told The Dodo that as a staff associate at the store, she saw puppies "coming in multiple times a week or who were sick and had deformities." She also says she saw "a lot of puppies who went 'to the vet' - but realized they had actually died."
Barr says she quit her job this May after an incident involving a Maltese puppy: "When [the puppy] came in, I expressed a lot of concern for her because she wouldn't eat and she was so frail and tiny. I said that she needed to go to the vet."
Barr says she took two days off, and then returned to work, only to find the dog in desperate condition. "She began to 'crash,'" claims Barr.
Barr says she rushed into an employee meeting with the puppy "and [the staff] started to illegally administer IVs into her and was basically shooting water into the puppy's back. I kept insisting she needed to go to the vet."
When the dog went unconscious, Barr says she handed the dog over to another employee and walked out and called local animal services.
Petland Sarasota says these claims are not true and it is seeking legal action against Barr. "We have irrefutable proof that she is making falsehoods," Jenn Kennedy, a manager at Petland Sarasota, told The Dodo.
Brad Parker of Petland Sarasota sent The Dodo a copy of the Sarasota County Animal Services call sheet in which it says upon arrival, the dog was still alive. Parker did not respond to the question of whether the puppy remained so.
Courtesy of Petland Sarasota