A new Walmart is coming to San Diego and the city is not happy about it.
The news comes as the city’s new mayor is trying to move the company out of the area in the wake of an investigation into allegations of animal abuse at the company’s Petland stores.
The mayor’s office released a statement to local media this morning claiming that the company will be “restored to its rightful place in the San Diego market” and that the move is necessary because “we are no longer seeing the same levels of quality, service and innovation that Petland brings to San Diegans lives.”
The mayor also claims that the decision was “consistent with San Diego’s long history of treating its pets like second class citizens.”
[San Diego Times, 3/19/16] The move will bring the total number of Petland locations to more than 200 in the area, including stores in downtown San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Oxnard, and Los Angeles.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told local media the move was “unacceptable.”
[CBS Los Angeles, 3 / 20/16; The Desert Sun, 3:01 p.m.
PST] The mayor added that the Petland location would remain open to Petland customers, but only for the pet store.
Petland has a contract with the city for about 100 Petland employees and was a key contributor to the city and county’s pet bond, according to The Desert Times.
The company has been the subject of at least one lawsuit alleging animal abuse and cruelty.
[CBS Sacramento, 12/8/15] According to the mayor’s statement, the Petstore was shuttered in January 2016 after more than a decade of operating.
The city also cited concerns that “pet stores are not a reliable source of income for pet owners.”
[Sydney Morning Herald, 3rd January 2016; CBS Los Angeles; 3:08 p.a.
PST; Associated Press, 3 p.b.
PST (AP)) San Diego city officials also accused Petland of failing to maintain an adequate supply of animal care products, which included products like flea and tick removal.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has also criticized the Petstores for providing no veterinary care, which they said resulted in an increase in diseases and a decline in the number of animals they cared for.
[The Associated Press (AP), 3 / 15/16 (AP story) and San Diego City Council (CBS Local, 3) (AP article)] Petland says it plans to continue providing pet care services in the city of San Diego.
[San Diegans News and Observer, 3; 3/15/16](http://bit.ly/1Tf1QkL) According to a statement released by the company this morning, the company has experienced significant changes in its business model and has expanded to locations across the country.
In 2016, Petland opened a second Petland in Los Angeles with over 200 employees, bringing its total pet care facility to over 800.
The Petstore in San Diego was shut down after a year, and Petland plans to open a second facility in San Juan, Costa Rica.
[Petsmart.com, 3] Petland’s Pet Care Services has been an important source of revenue for San Diego in recent years.
The pet store is the largest pet supply chain in the country, according a 2015 report by the National Geographic Institute.
Pet store sales increased more than 90 percent from 2015 to 2016, and sales at Petland facilities have increased by nearly 200 percent since 2010.
The report states that the pet supply industry was worth $1.2 trillion in 2016, with pet stores accounting for over half of all supply chain revenue.
[National Geographic Institute, 3.1] The San Diego Pet Store also has been a critical part of San Diegan life.
In 2014, the city invested $40 million in the Pet Store to upgrade the parking lot.
[NBC Bay Area, 2/21/14](http..-/SanDiego-PetStore.html) Petland also employs thousands of volunteers, and the company maintains programs and facilities that help pets in need.
The San Diegans Animal Rescue Foundation, which provides animal rescue services, said that the San Diego Pet Store has assisted over 300 animals in the past three years.
[Dog Spotting Rescue, Inc., 2/15; San Diego Animal Services, 2.3] [Associated Press, 4/14/15](http:/ /www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/san-diego-pets-store-assists-more-than-1-million-dogs-rescue-animals-2014-10-14.html?utm_source=Twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm.twitter=PetsMart&utm._content=Twitter&utm=PETSmart&utm