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Posted by: Bigtattoo at Mon Sep 20 09:11:28 2004  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Bigtattoo ]  
   

Contact your local animal shelter and ask them who regulates pet shops/animal sales in your state. Where I'm at it's the State Dept. of Agriculture, Animal Welfare Division, they even control the conditions at animal shelters and especially pet shops and dealers. All states require licensing of any facility that deals in animals of any kind. Once you know the authority then contact them, usually they can be found in the phone book or ask the animal shelter if they can give you the contact info. File a formal complaint, they will investigate and check first if it is a registered dealer. In the case of these quicky mall kiosks usually they are not. That will shut them down immediately. The second part of the complaint should include everything you feel is wrong or inadequate about the dealer. Overcrowding, lack of heat, water, foods, mites, everything.

Your local animal shelter usually will not handle these kinds of complaints for retail businesses nor will the police.

As someone else posted the worst you can do is to "rescue" these animals. You're just pumping profits into their pockets which they turn around and put back into more animals. How can you possibly rescue all of them? Do not come off as some animal rights activist, they'll just blow you off as a wacko and keep doing business. REPORT THEM.

The above is also true of pet stores, especially the corporate pet stores. My favorite tactic for the corporate or big box pet shops is to fill a cart with supplies, go to the animal section and ask to see the manager. Once you have their attention calmly, helpfully point out the things you see that need correction and give them good advice. Once they blow your off hand the cart over to them and tell them if that's their attitude you're not going to spend a dime in their store until these situations are rectified. Then report them.

Keep in mind when you spend your money in these types of stores, even if it's not for animals, even just buying box of dog biscuits, you're supporting the poor quality care of these animals. As long as they're making profits they stay in business. Animal loses from death and disease are tax deductable so the losses mean nothing to them. PROFITS DO!!!
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