How are pet stores not shut down for animal cruelty? And yes, pellets. I feel so bad for them I wish I could take them all
and I would too if I had my rodent room setup which I have to wait to spring for
Thats something I will never understand.There is a chain pet store here called Pets Unlimited (I call them Death Unlimited - I have boycotted them).Well they are HORRIBLE...sick animals,dead or injured animals in the cages on display,dirty cages,my sister witnessed an employee hit a macaw (I didn't see them hit the bird,but the employees were screaming at it one time),no food or water,puppy mill pups are sold there...etc,etc.Me and my friends/family have complained and even spoke to the manager...they all don't give a ****.I even got into a shouting match with one employee who didn't want to fill up a rat water dish and when she finally did,the rats flocked to the dish obviously dehydrated.They even sold potbelly pigs for awhile,kept them in those tiny rabbit display cages...all pigs (there were 3 I believe) ended up at the SPCA.
Other people have protested them and got the SPCA involved and guess what? STILL nothing has changed...
We had a pet store in the mall here, I bought my iguana there and one he was so mean I couldn't do a thing with him and he ended up dying about 3 weeks later of intestinal parasites. They always had dead puppies in the display boxes and I heard of people buying dogs from there and they were carrying parvo and distemper.
The above store I mentioned sells puppy mill pups which have illnesses and often behavior problems.My mom's friend got a pug from there and he has been on meds his whole life now (he is 4 or 5 yrs now),has several behavior and neurotic issues and allergies...he has ALOT of issues and he is also aggressive and was never fully housetrained.The last I heard my mom's friend was considering having him humanly euthanized because he is so ill and "wild" (and yes,she has brought him to a few different trainers and tried everything...he is a neurotic dog) and she cannot "deal" with him anymore.It is sad,but it is the best thing for that dog.I do not know if she went through with it or not.
I heard of other people buying pups from the store and having similar issues or the puppy dying from Parvo.
the problem is that ANYONE can work at a petstore, they don't require a degree or anything. So anyone who has experience with animals can work there, but it's not because you owned dogs all your life that you necessarily know enough to give the right information.
I worked at a pet shop 2 months, I knew NOTHING about fish entering, and my superiors knew that, yet I had to help clients with their fish. I gave the info the superiors told me and sometimes I'd go home and check and they had taught me such bullsh**!
My old friend was great with animals.She got hired at a smaller local pet store here.She was knowledgeable and would actually give people proper advice...guess what? She got fired because apparently she "knew too much" and was not bringing in enough buisness or something stupid...
...she has left Newfoundland since and I never seen her since.
But stores will hire anyone regardless of how much they know about animals...however it seems the GOOD people get fired (if they do not quit first...I know a few good people who ended up quitting).