For a company that claims to be "pet smart", petSmart has not been making intelligent choices for its' pet care. During a local undercover investigation by PETA, more than a hundred cases of small animals being deprived of necessary veterinary attention were documented. These small animals included lizards, birds, hamsters, and more. When PETA officials wrote an e-mail to a PetSmart executive, Bruce Richardson, he replied with "This particular store has an outstanding pet care team and an exceptional pet care record. No pet that has required a vet has been deprived of that service." One of the PETA members documented this entry in his journal: On October 23, 2006, a hamster in cage 10 in the sick room was found dead. This was one of the hamsters that I took to the vet on October 20, 2006, due to her having wet tail and crusty eyes. [The Pet Care Manager] had brought her back to the sick room before the vet could see her and told me that she did not need to see the vet." PetSmart has its' employees diagnose sick animals instead of taking them to a certified veterinarian for a proper diagnosis. The following is an entry in the charts of a calico hamster made by an employee: "[Day 1, morning] wobbly, dehydrated, diarrhea [Day 1, evening] very lethargic/dehydrated, regressing [Day 2, morning] very wobbly, dehydrated [Day 2, evening] dehydrated/getting hard, very lethargic [Day 3, morning] dying, no meds given, can't swallow, regressed [Day 3, evening] dead." The employee did not even have the hamster sent to a vet to have it put out of its' misery. So, after being presented with this information I hope you will join me in boycotting PetSmart until they stop selling animals. For more information see, www.peta.org.