3509 W 49th St, Sioux Falls, SD | Directions 5710643.507608 -96.768925
Stay far away – Mini Critters sold us a dog that was DEAD in 3 weeks. We did an autopsy on our puppy and is showed our puppy was in very poor health overall and that the main cause of death was from Emaciation. Right away what this mean to Mark at mini critters was that we starved our 8 week old puppy to death and they stopped returning all of our calls. Knowing this was not possible from the amount of food our dog ate on a daily basis. I wanted some answers from the vet and the hospital that did the autopsy and they said this was probably the last thing we did and Mark who calls himself a professional should know this. And here is what they told us that MARK from mini critters denies, because he is obviously completed uneducated on the breed of dogs he sells and where he gets them from.
Mini Critters obtains their puppies from breeders who are FAR from being top of the line- The reason our dog was so poorly malnourished was due to the fact that these breeders wean these small breed puppies WAY too soon which means they are in for health problems and most likely destined for a life cut short because of greedy breeders and business owners. The vet is 99% positive our dog had diabetes and had diabetes when we purchased him. They are pretty sure that this also led to his death because of possible low blood sugar in his system at the time of death but that cannot be determined on an autopsy.
Mini Critters tried to make us feel like we were poor pet owners when everyone who knows us knows WAY better- we treat our animals like our children. When someone from mini critters called 2 weeks after we bought our wiener dog to do a checkup I told the girl that this dog has been eating like crazy and we have to kennel him so our other dogs could eat their food without our puppy going after it also.
After speaking to hundreds, probably thousands of people I have yet to hear ANYTHING positive about this place. I wish we knew this before putting our family through this tragedy of coming home to play with a dog that was stiff as a board in his kennel one night. There is nothing mini critters will do for us even when they know they are at fault but it is definitely my goal to make as many people aware in the Sioux Falls area what a horrible place this really is. And plus after speaking to employees there who actually told me the MARKUP on their puppies. INSANE! What a crooked cruel place.
Mini Critters is one of the only places in Sioux Falls to buy puppies and kittens, and their selection is pretty good. However, buying a puppy from a pet store is never a good idea and can lead to a whole bunch of problems. I personally purchased a puppy from MiniCritters who we've had a really tough time potty-training since he was kept in a small wire cage and was able to potty when he wanted to. Please check with your local humane society or a local reputable breeder before purchasing a pet from a pet store.
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