Yup! Unfortunatly I've been aware of this for years.
I personally no longer shop at petco, haven't for close to a year now.
I will say, at the witness of OTHER people, there are some good petco's out there, which take care of any sickly animals that show up, and make them happy and healthy before they leave.
But under all of the managament I have seen in the Northern Virginia stores, I am sickened.
Their ferrets are normally ill. I've never heard of them starting to get their animals from another source (normally it's Marshall Farms).. Animal.. something or other, it's 3 words. I believe they are based out of NJ.
And a lot of the ferrets coming to them are all ADV+!!!!
So if you visit a Petco, I would advice against bringing your animal in (specially the smaller creatures), and would suggest you wash your hands, and spray your clothes down with lysol disinfectant spray or just change your clothes, and wash the dirty one.
The stores I have seen, don't bother to take care of their rodents because they are all there just as FEEDERS. They do not seperate the males from the females, their are many sick, pregnant and even DEAD animals in shared cages.
I bought a rat from them once, kept her in quarinteen for the recommened period of time. When I finally put her and my other pet rat (who I had had for a year) together, the new one died, and a few days later so did the other one.
I went back to Petco and told them what happened, all they did was give me a store certificiate card for $5.00 (the cost of the one rat.)
They never even said they were sorry, I had tried to talk to several of the managers (they had high turn overs in that area) and none of them cared, they said they follow what the chain stores policy is, re caring for the animals.
I know 2 of the mills they get animals from are Marshall's (ferret) and Kaytee (bird). I no longer buy products from either, as much as possible.