Pet Store Banned from Sale of Guinea Pigs and Rabbits
Investigators were following a tip from a concerned shopper in R and A Pets and Garden Centre on Holderness Road during April of 2011. The RSPCA attempted to work with the pet shop, providing advice and care instructions. However, by June of last year, such changed had not been implemented. Thirty three rabbits and nineteen guinea pigs were then taken by police on the advice of a veterinarian and given the care they required.
The shop owner denied mistreating the animals and collected signatures from his customers in an attempt to clear his name, however he was found guilty of seven offences under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006. This including failing to give the animals a proper diet and veterinary care for those that were sick. The shop owner was fined £500, banned from selling animals for five years, and orderPeted to complete 80 hours of community service.
Animals in his shop were collected by the RSPCA after he was sentenced at Hull Magistrates’ Court at the end of April. They will be looked after and placed in new homes. The shop would remain open and continue to sell pet supplies.
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