Texans test Petco's 'all leashed pets' policy by taking steer into store

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 18:20:28-04

(KGTV) — When Petco says "all leashed pets" they truly mean ALL leashed pets.

Texan rancher Vincent Browning and Shelly Lumpkin tried to test that policy this month when they walked their African Watusi steer into a Houston-area Petco location.

Just as the policy stated, they were welcomed in with open arms.

"At Petco, everything is guided by our vision for healthier pets, happier people and a better world," Jonathan Williamson, Petco vice president of animal care, education and merchandising, said in a release. "We’re proud to celebrate the human-animal bond by welcoming all domesticated companion animals to our stores. We’re so glad that our guests and store partners got to experience this fun and happy moment with Oliver, the African Watusi, because that’s what Petco is all about."

Video showed the steer being led into the store, before employees greeted the animal and Browning and posed for photos.

The company's policy is designed to protect animals and customers and covers "properly-leashed domesticated companion animals."