KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Woodland Mall officials have decided to get rid of the Barking Boutique.
The founders say in a Saturday news release that the business was meant to make pet adoption more transparent and accessible to everyone.
There was some social media backlash about the humane treatment of the animals.
“You raised your voice and we listened. After evaluating your concerns, we have decided to part ways with The Barking Boutique,” the Woodland Mall said in a tweet after the closure on Saturday. “We hope all our shoppers continue to enjoy their experience at Woodland Mall.”
All eight people employed at the store are now without jobs.
A PR firm says friends of Barking Boutique owner, David Boelke started a GoFundMe page, “Support The Barking Boutique.” According to the page, Boelkes faces bankruptcy, and eight puppies still need to be adopted. The page states that the business was told to vacate the mall by end of business Monday.
A statement on the page called the backlash on social media, “…bullying and intimidation tactics of privately funded, animal activists.”
Boelkes, 22, maintains his staff held themselves to the highest standards when it comes to animal treatment.