Eagle Pet Center in Shakopee, MN. The animals need rescue and the store needs to be shut down!
  • Petitioned Lori Swanson

This petition was delivered to:

Office of MN Attorney General
Lori Swanson
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
John Whitten, DVM
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Dean Compart
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Steven Brake
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Paul Hanowski
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Holly Neaton, DVM
Shakopee Chamber & Visitor Bureau
Angie Whitcomb, President
Shakopee Mayor
Brad Tabke
Shakopee City Council
Councilor Steven Clay
Shakopee City Council
Councilor Matt Lehman
Shakopee City Council
Councilor Pamela Schurman
Shakopee City Council
Councilor Jay Whiting
Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
Better Business Bureau
Humane Society - Minnesota
Howard Goldman

Eagle Pet Center in Shakopee, MN. The animals need rescue and the store needs to be shut down!

    1. Petition by

      Animal Advocacy & Education "Be Their Voice"

August 2013


From Petition Creator: The pet store animals were rescued on July 30, 2013 and brought to the Humane Society. The owner agreed to surrender and not carry pets anymore without MFHS approval & inspection of the premises.

The animals in this "pet store" are in what can only be described as vile and horrific conditions. They are over crammed in plastic/glass tanks & aquariums with no food, no water, and they receive no care or vetting. The store itself is in deplorable condition and has water damage everywhere, electrical cords exposed and hanging out of ceilings, no air conditioning and so forth. The smell is foul, horrific and can be smelled from down the block. Animals are sick, dying and left to sit there dead in cages amongst the living animals. (See picture of the dead rat amongst the living). The mayor and the city, along with the Humane Society say their hands are tied and nothing illegal is being done. How this man manages to stay open and pass fire and coding inspections is beyond the people of the community. This should NOT be allowed to go on. This is a health hazard to all and cruelty to animals! 

I encourage you to see the pictures of this pet store and join the community that has gathered to put the pressure on the city and state by viewing the Facebook page "No more animals at Eagle Pet Center" for more detailed information. Here's there Link: https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreAnimalsAtEaglePetCenterShakopee

As of July 22, 2013 The Facebook Page Administrators are asking the following: We have a need task! We need to construct letters and direct them to the inbox of the Minnesota Federated Humane Society. They are NOT the same as the humane society. You can find their page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Minnesota-Federated-Humane-Societies/187127142352 . The letters need to describe your experience with this store. Examples: you had a bad experience buying a sick animal, you saw the horrific conditions, you have seen the conditions for years. Anything and everything! These letters will be used to show the judge the mass number of people that are fed up with this situation. We need as many as possible!

Additionally, there are several more links and stories on the situation:

FOX 9: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/22881688/facebook-campaign-seeks-to-shutter-eagle-pet-center

KARE 11: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/22881688/facebook-campaign-seeks-to-shutter-eagle-pet-center

KDWB: http://www.kdwb.com/photos/main/shakopee-residents-fight-to-shut-down-360586/21207567/#/0/21207567

Shakopee Patch: http://shakopee.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/eagle-pet-center-in-shakopee-at-center-of-intense-public-fury?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-1-post

The Mayor telling us there's nothing he can do: http://www.bradtabke.com/

Meet the owner of Eagle Pet Center: http://shakopee.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/meet-the-owner-ed-dressen-eagle-pet-center-pets 

2009 Complaint Story: http://nodogaboutit.wordpress.com/2009/03/22/animals-his-first-priority-you-be-the-judge/

2009 Star & Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/local/south/41607212.html

Care 2 Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/528/819/235/no-more-animals-to-suffer-at-eagle-pet-center/

MN Statutes and Cruelty to Animals: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/topics/?type=statute&id=S4408775&year=2012

MN Pet Shop Laws: http://www.bornfreeusa.org/b4a1_petshoplaws_state.php?s=mn

Minnesota Statute 325F.79 requires ALL dogs and cats to be examined by a vet before being sold to the public. If you buy a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store, make sure you demand to see the veterinarian report BEFORE you buy! Better yet, ADOPT a dog or cat from your local humane society or rescue group!

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    2. Animals were all rescued & removed on July 30, 2013.

      All the animals were all rescued & removed on July 30, 2013. Way to go supporters! Please attend the Shakopee Council meeting on Wednesday August 7, 2013 at 7pm to make sure laws are put into place so this never happens again!.

      Shakopee City Hall
      129 South Holmes Street

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. July 30, 2013 Shakopee Valley News

      Animals removed from Eagle Pet Center

      Dozens of fish, rabbits and rodents were removed from the dark Eagle Pet Center this morning in downtown Shakopee after the owner of the embattled shop agreed to voluntarily turn over his animals to the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies, which had been preparing to take legal action.

    5. July 30th Update

      Taken on the website of No more animals at Eagle Pet Center "The animals have been removed. Minnesota Federated informed the media so it will likely be on the news. They may take the credit but please know this...it was ALL OF YOU that made the difference. You put on the pressure and you made things happen. Great job! Still planning in attending the city council meeting to make sure something like this never happens again."

    6. July 29th- Update 2 continued

      I apologize, I'm having problems with this site right now.

      Continued...gathering at the city council meeting to respectfully and peacefully show and share our concerns .

      Shakopee City Hall
      129 South Holmes Street

      As of this moment, there are 6,387 LIKES at the FB page. However, we only have 2,566 signatures on this petition. Lets keep the momentum going by re-sharing the petition link and continue daily to re-share with our friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and on our Facebook walls. It would be great to walk in to the city council meeting with a hardcopy of the petiotin and a high number of signatures on it!

      We need to remain peaceful, confident and we must stay positive to make a difference and help these animals along with fighting for the laws to change for future animals in Shakopee.

      Thank you!

    7. July 29, 2013- Update 1 continued in next post

      To the supporters of the Eagle Pet Center petition,

      For those of you who don't regularly check your Facebook accounts, I wanted to summarize the weekend posts from the Facebook Page; No more animals at Eagle Pet Center-Shakopee.

      It is unknown what action The Federated Humane Society has taken, if any. Therefore, other avenues are being explored to receive legal help in this matter. In addition, information received alleges that a woman representing herself as a worker with FHS may in fact not be the appropriate person to be talking to. Statements were made by her that were questionable. The power has been shut off at Eagle Pet due to someone stating that allegedly, the bill was not paid. The appropriate channels have been contacted to see if this will be helpful in moving forward. Administrators of the page have spoken with someone who is going in to feed the animals daily until something can be done about this situation.

      Mark your calendars for August 7th at 7 pm. We will be

    8. Reached 2,500 signatures
    9. July 25th Shakopee Patch article

      July 25th, 2013 Shakopee Patch article-http://shakopee.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/eagle-pet-center-could-face-legal-action-suggests-animal-investigation-group.

      There is a council meeting on August 7th, 2013 at 7:00pm at Shakopee City Hall. I encourage you to be there. Hopefully the community can come together to find a resolution for this sad situation.

      Eagle Pet Center Could Face Legal Action, Suggests Animal Investigation Group

      The Shakopee pet store continues to experience severe online criticism.

    10. What is being done?

      On July 18th, Minnesota Federated Humane Societies posted this picture on their Facebook wall stating the following "ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the lack of action on the part of the City of Shakopee authorities, the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies will begin legal action in Scott County District Court next week to seek a search warrant to seize and remove all live animals from Eagle Pet Center in Shakopee. The Federation President has authorized the MFHS lawyers to begin action." As of today, Thursday, July 25th to my knowledge, they have done nothing about this situation. How they can publicly state that and then do nothing? The Eagle Pet Center is still open, still in business and today I learned that the owner doesn't vet or care for his kittens, rats etc.. because he is a feeder store and he feeds them to his snakes. How sick and repulsive is that? Come on Minnesota Federated Humane Societies, don't make a promise to the public that you can't keep! What are you doing about this?

    11. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nicole Steinfatt MERSEBURG, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      thats not right.

    • Malay Bhattacharya DEBAIPUKUR, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      demolish and rebuild as per health standard.

      • about 1 year ago

      its disgusting the shop must be shut sown and the owners severley punished

    • Nancy Clark SELBY, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      No animal should live for even a second in conditions like this!

    • kim Boehm CHANDLER, AZ
      • about 1 year ago

      There shouldn't be a "petition" page for this crap and Cruelty..it should be a case where laws don't tolerate this BS abuse and close shops, and prosecute those that do this type of crap. I can't believe that the Government and Legislators need to see petitions before anything gets done!! Sign away..we stillneed close to 4,000 more signatures to complete it...How sad as a nation that this is even allowed.


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