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Dear Decaturish – Animal cruelty at the Suburban Plaza Walmart

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Dear Decaturish – Animal cruelty at the Suburban Plaza Walmart

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Editor’s note: Decaturish asked a Walmart spokesperson about this letter. The spokesperson said, ““We appreciate this being brought to our attention. We care about the aquatic animals at our stores and are looking into this along with store management.”

Dear Decaturish,

I recently visited Walmart on N. Decatur rd on 03/31/2019, around 6:30 p.m. I was making my way to the animal department to pick up some things for my dog and left with a beta fish instead.

I’m hoping to get the word out about the deplorable conditions these betas are kept in. I videoed and took a photo. I spoke with a man named Aaron who told me he was the assistant GM but was very nonchalant about the entire situation because “he isn’t over that department.”

The only measure he took was taking the dead fish off the shelf. My goal here is to open Walmart’s eyes. They are not a pet store and are not capable of handling pets as such.

This is an event I have witnessed several times at many locations and is how I ended up with two betas two years ago who are still thriving today. Please help me get the word out about these conditions.

– Desiri Chavers

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