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    Angry my local pet shop

    Does anyone know the law in WA of how old a pup has to be before its sold in a pet store?
    theres a PP store in my local shopping centre selling 6 week old puppies in a highly unsanitary enclosure
    I want to write to the centre manager and my local council but i want to be 100% sure of my facts before doing so.

    once i figure out who i need to contact Ill post the email addresses just incase anyone else would like to send one..might help

    I have to try its disgraceful and heart breaking

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    I'm not sure either, but i would have guessed it to be 8 weeks. Take your phone in and snap a few pics aswell. This is why i hate some pet stores. My local one sells only Birds and fish. No pups or kittens.......which i think is great. If its really bad conditions talk to your RSPCA aswell. Good luck Elle.


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    I don't know either but I would call the local RSPCA to ask them. I personally wouldn't write to the centre manager, because I would expect them to side with the store owner. I'd write to the RSPCA and copy in the government agencies that look after licensing and domestic animals perhaps?

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    Yeah I would call the RSPCA and make a complaint and also take pictures of the conditions the puppies are living in. I would say 8 weeks but I think pet stores go by weight. So long as they are a certain weight they are legally allowed to sell them.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    In NSW puppies must be 8 wks old and I think it's also law in other states as well, yes ring the R$PCA whether they do anything is any ones guess.
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    Be careful how you phrase any complaint to the Council or RSPCA as letters that contain inflamatory material may be deemed as defamation. Never make statements of fact. You should ask them to investigate because you feel/believe that the pets might be better looked after in changed conditions. I wouldn't expect you to read the Defamation Act or the equivalent of say the Companion Animals Act but you may find that there is some sort of discretion allowed in which case little could be done.

    None of this post contains legal advice

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    thanks guys.. i did snap some photos on my phone in which you can see the newspaper in the enclosure is about 80% urine soaked and the pups are so tiny
    any further wording advice flor the email would be greatly appreciated



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    Well.... keep your text to a minimum. No point banging on about ethics, cruelty or pet welfare and the animal's psychology. Send the pics, say you believe that the shop may not be doing all it could and could they please investigate. Keep it really short and simple. The appropriate authority will look at it and decline to investigate and give you reasons or they'll take a peek.

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    Hi Elle, here's a document from Department of Commerce that states that puppies must be 8 weeks old - http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/Consum...ying_a_pet.pdf

    Unfortunately pet shops seem to get away with murder (pardon the pun). in December last year there was much public outcry about the alleged conditions at a pet shop in a shopping centre north of the river, but by the time RSPCA got there to investigate, everything was reported to be satisfactory.

    I'd write to the local member of parliament or the Minister - not that they give a rats (oh so cynical ), but Oscars Law has a set-up that you put in your details and send correspondence to the West Australian Premier, leader of the Opposition and the Minister for Agriculture, about banning the sale of animals from pet shops and abolishing puppy farms, but as WA is in caretaker mode prior to the state election on 9 March 2013, you may get a generic response at this time. Oscar's law
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    hi guys just an update..ive emailed the rspca and the local council also i sent the oscars law emails supplied by findeb- thanks for that
    i also decided to email the shopping centre manager..ive posted a copy for anyone who wants to read it..

    lets hope i get a response

    "I would like to make a formal complaint re: the pet shop in your shopping centre.

    I was shopping in your centre on Friday and noticed the Labrador puppies in the enclosure looked extremely young. So I enquired as to how old they were and was told they’re only six weeks old.
    I was shocked and appalled as it is illegal in the state of WA to sell any that is under 8 weeks of age. Not only that but the environment that these poor animals are kept is highly unsanitary. With urine soaked newspaper covering over 80% of the enclosure no wonder the stench, even meters away from the stores entrance, was over bearing. This is surely a health and safety hazard not only for the general public but for these poor under aged pups whom were most certainly sourced from a puppy factory.

    Pet shop 'stock' is sourced from factory farms and back yard breeders. Both entail extreme neglect and cruelty. Denied socialisation, exercise and attention, animals are bred until their bodies give out at which point they are destroyed as they are no longer deemed profitable. Often they will live out their days in the same cage or pen they were born in. It is a miserable existence, and one that has no place in our society. It follows then, that stores profiting from this cruel industry have no place either.

    With the news that the country's largest chain of pet stores- Pet's Paradise- has gone into liquidation due to waning sales and bad press. I implore you to acknowledge this shift in the communities attitude by refusing to lease to any other animal selling establishment. As a company of your stature, you are in the unique position of ensuring the tide turns for our companion animals whilst keeping your target demographic satisfied.

    Recently in the US prominent shopping centre developers 'Macerich' banned sales of animals in more than 70 malls. Macerich' decision, designed to break the insidious puppy factory chain, took immediate effect and saw them not renewing any existing leases with stores that sell animals. Instead, they are offering humane alternatives with pet adoptions from nearby shelters. With 250,000 companion animals dying in Australian pounds each year the introduction of such alternative business models in your centres could not be more timely.

    Clearly, there is no justifiable reason to continue to lease storefronts that capitalise on these inhumane practices. Rather, it would prove beneficial to support a move towards the more ethical business practices exhibited by pet supply only stores.

    I have notified the RSPCA and local council of this incident.

    I urge you please look to set the standard for other Australian businesses and act in accordance with the wishes of your clientele


    Regards,

    Elle Burns"

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