SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

June 27, 2008 18:51 ET

PetSmart Charities® Dispatches Emergency Relief Waggin' to Assist With Rescue of 700 Dogs From Tennessee Puppy Mill

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - PetSmart Charities received a request for its Emergency Relief Waggin' in connection with an alleged puppy mill situation, for which the Hickman County Sheriff's Department, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the 21st Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Tennessee Highway patrol were planning to execute a search warrant. In response, PetSmart Charities dispatched from PetSmart's (NASDAQ: PETM) Newnan, Georgia distribution center its fully loaded 53-foot trailer stocked with emergency pet supplies and human responder equipment to support up to 500 companion animals.

On June 25th, local and state authorities executed the search warrant on a Hickman County property after receiving information that an alleged puppy mill was being operated there in violation of Tennessee cruelty laws. The pet supplies on the PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief Waggin' were unloaded at the staging area to support the rescue of nearly 700 dogs.

The public can make a tax-deductible donation to help support the rescue and pet victims of the Tennessee rescue and future disasters in one of two ways:

--  Make a credit card donation via the PetSmart Charities Web site at:
--  Mail in a check donation directly to: PetSmart Charities
    Attn: Emergency Relief
    19601 North 27th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85027
    (Please write "Emergency Relief" in the memo section on the check.)

PetSmart Charities provides immediate emergency relief funding and supplies to assist pets affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, fire and other natural disasters. PetSmart Charities also provides emergency relief for pet victims of man-made emergencies including pet hoarding situations and puppy mill rescues.

Funds raised will be used to aid pets affected by this rescue and other future disasters.

About PetSmart Charities, Inc.

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $70 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 3.2 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS.

Contact Information

    Trish Spencer
    (623) 587-2872 office
    (602) 363-0273 wireless