UPDATE: After thousands of complaints, 1-800-Flowers donates 2 years of dog food to rescue
The story has been seen by over 10,000 pet parents and concerned members of the pet community, and after 1-800-Flowers came under public attack for their actions towards Ashley Owen Hill and Lucky Dog Rescue.
On Sunday afternoon, 1-800-Flowers refused to respond to the public outcry that came through via their Facebook page and were deleting all comments related to the story. They had since come forward with a statement (after their story had gone viral via Reddit, Facebook and Twitter, and the petition on Change.org had 400+ signatures in under 24 hours) saying:
At 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, we pride ourselves on offering creative and engaging contests for our customers. We apologize that there has been a misunderstanding about the prize fulfillment regarding our recent There’s a New Bunny In Town. We are looking into the matter immediately and we promise to follow up with the winner to ensure the prize is fulfilled appropriately.
Many people wo voted and heard the news of the winnings for Lucky Dog Rescue- and the donations started to dwindle. “A lot of people voted thinking I would win this dog food, and now that they think I’ve won it, no one is really donatingdog food because they think we have a year’s supply of dog food coming, and I don’t,” Ashley Owen Hill said in a statement to Mississippi news station WTOK 11.
As of 5:30pm EST, WTOK released a statement saying they had gotten in touch with a 1-800-Flowers PR Representative Yanique Woodall and she has confirmed that the company has donated a 2-year supply of dog food to Lucky Dog Rescue.
This story will continue to be updated as information is received.
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