WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – This isn’t the first time people have accused Petland of selling sick animals, and now Wichita’s Animal Services Advisory Board is considering a vote to ban retailers in the city from selling dogs and pets. cats.

But Petland says he only works with legitimate breeders and is committed to making sure everything he does is above board.

“Had several cancerous growths removed, had several treatments,” Allie York said.

York tells the moving story of his best friends who spend years fighting for their lives.

Hank, the golden retriever, just had another tumor removed this week. Elway, the keeshond, finally had to be put down when she needed him most.

“I was hospitalized with Covid in 2020, and I really faced deep depression after that. It was a very difficult time for everyone. But my dog ​​Elway helped me through it,” said said York.

York says it’s all down to what some people call Petland’s “Puppy Mills” — the breeders where Petland gets its animals. And that’s exactly what Wednesday’s WASAB meeting was about, whether to ban Petland from selling dogs and cats in Wichita.

“I’m not surprised because this is not a new feat for animal rights activists,” said Lydia Secondine.

While York says the store sent shivers down her spine with her dogs’ health issues, Petland East manager Lydia Secondine says she doesn’t recall dealing directly with York, but that’s something she takes very seriously.

“It’s a very emotional topic, you know. Pets are our chosen family,” Secondine said.

Secondine says she thinks banning retail stores from selling the animals will only make the problem worse.

“I think it absolutely should be the right of a retail store to be able to offer, you know, puppies and kittens for families that come from 100% licensed and registered breeders with the highest standards. And that is absolutely what Petland aims to do,” says Secondine.

York says while she thinks Wednesday’s meeting was productive, she still thinks banning retailers from selling dogs and cats is the way to go.

“I think it’s ironic to be in this facility full of adoptable animals and discussing whether we should be able to sell for $5,000 at 39.5% a dog to someone,” said Secondine.

The meeting has passed its time limit, so there has not been a vote yet. The board has stopped the discussion, so it will pick up where it left off at its next meeting.