UK Shop Banned from Rabbits & Guinea PigsKeith
A pet shop in Hull, UK, has been banned from the sales of rabbits and guinea pigs after RSPCA investigators found the shop was not providing sufficient care for their animals. Investigators were following a tip from a diligent shopper in R and A Pets and Garden Centre on Holderness Road. The RSPCA attempted to work with the pet shop, providing information advice and care instructions. However, by June of last year nothing had been implemented. Thirty three rabbits and nineteen guinea pigs were then taken by police on the advice of a vet 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 food and veterinary care for those that needed it. 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 re-homed. The shop would remain open and continue to sell pet supplies.