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Old 02-02-2007, 10:54 PM   #1
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this just has to be the only store around with uncommon fish

Why?

A little background. I've lived in the "suburbs" all my life. Within our area we have over a dozen pet stores, but they all are immaculate. We have outlawed the sale of puppies and kittens in stores in our since I was 5. The last time I remember seeing puppies in a store was when I was little and I remember the store being clean and well kept. I've never seen a pet store I'd call bad. Even the petco with its tiny cages and occasional sick animals is still a nice store and the cages are clean.

Now, I go to school in Sheboygan, a bigger city. Today I went to a pet store and it was the worst thing I've ever seen. The first thing you are hit with when you open the door is the smell of ammonia. Then you see shelves of old supplies covered in dust. All the foods and fish meds are expired. Onto the small mammals. The cages are not filled with bedding, no, they have 5 inches of dried poop for substrate. A poor mother rat and her litter of tiny babies are sleeping in a nest of crap. The only water is brown. No food. Some rodents are dead or sick.

The reptiles next. No food, rust colored water if any at all. Some cages I can't even see inside they are so dirty and covered in stuff. Some reptiles are dead as well.

Birds. The cages must never be cleaned. They are all up high so its hard to see if anybody is dead on bottom. By the looks of the cobwebs, they aren't taken down and cleaned often. The birds go nuts at the first sight of human life. They obviously aren't used to any contact.

Fish, 50 tanks. 10 have live fish. A few have dead fish that obviously have been dead for weeks. The rest are covered in dried limestone and calcium from years of no cleaning. One saltwater tank has a panther grouper, almost a foot long, almost touching both ends of the tank at once. Another has a red tailed shark, 8 inches, in a 12 inch tank. The bettas are in cups 2 inches in diameter. the fish have to bend to fit. Most have less than 1/4 cup of yellow water. 90% dead and rotting.

Now the puppies. There were 3. Very dirty. Cages aren't cleaned. Barely any ventilation. Gerbil-type water bottles half full.

I now have first hand experience with stores I've only heard people on these forums complain about. I almost cried on the way home I was so angry and sad at the same time. Thankfull walmart allows people to post signs in the pet section. I know some groups are working to get this place shut down. I'm definately going to complain to the better business bureau as well.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:57 PM   #2
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Report them to the local SPCA and animal abuse also.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:07 PM   #3
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There is no local spca here, we have few actual laws governing animal care in WI
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It astounds me that such a shop would get any business at all...one wonders how they stay open...perhaps they are running drugs/slaves/guns out of the back room.
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Probably, they are open weird hours, only 3 pm to 8 pm. The owner was really creepy looking, but I can't tell in this town who's dealing and who's not, they all scare me. I think people who feel bad for the puppies probably keep the store in business by "rescuing" them.
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The state department of agriculture regulates pet stores. You could try them
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Depot, I am betting you can find a non-profit for animal welfare that may house in another city in Wi. If you can locate one and send them some pics perhaps they can do something.
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http://www.egressetch.com/WisconsinPFL/shelters.html


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You are right, there is not alot available to you. Good luck and I'm crossing my fingers for those animals!
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The DNR handles all animal right violations in Wisconsin, animal control, abuse, and abandonment...This is the number for Wisconsins DNR violation hotline
1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367);
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Thanks for your help guys. I filed a complaint with the better businees bureau and the department of agriculture. I really am dying knowing that if I went and bought any of the animals that I'd be giving this guy my money. If I could I'd have every fish in that place, and maybe the rats, and somebody else could take the other animals
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red tail shark at 8 inches??? they max out at around 4- 5
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I swear that's what it was. Aquarium size estimates are always much less than real size limits for the fish anyway, and who knows how old this fish is and how long its had to grow.
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The store could be a front for something else. Wouldn't be the first time.
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