POLL: Pet shop comes under fire from online activists

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Mar 27, 2014 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

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Protesters picketing Pets Galore in Toowoomba (from left) Greta Smith with daughter Verity, Bethany Murdoch, Julie Mears, Ashleigh Smith, Theresa Holtham, Natasha James, Carol Snell, Louise McGarrigle-Smith, Ildiko Balint and Amanda Holtham.

Protesters picketing Pets Galore in Toowoomba (from left) Greta Smith with daughter Verity, Bethany Murdoch, Julie Mears, Ashleigh Smith, Theresa Holtham, Natasha James, Carol Snell, Louise McGarrigle-Smith, Ildiko Balint and Amanda Holtham. Chris Calcino

A TOOWOOMBA pet shop has become the target of online activists who claim its animals are mistreated and often sick and diseased.

Protesters rallied outside Pets Galore Toowoomba on Wednesday, calling for the shop to be shut down by the RSPCA and Toowoomba Regional Council’s animal management division.

The second-generation family business, known locally as the “Pink Elephant Pet Shop”, has been operating in Toowoomba for 28 years.

Owner Nicole Bourne has denied any wrongdoing and said many of the claims made by protesters were, at best, absurd.

“It’s very sad that people can just make things up that are completely untrue,” she said.

“For example, someone said we sold a maltese puppy that didn’t have any fur, when in fact it was a chinese crested/king charles cavalier-cross which are supposed to be like that.

“Someone else said we had rats eating each other. We don’t even have a rat in the store.”

Ms Bourne said the furore was the product of activist groups who believed all pet shops should be banned.

“From a business point of view, there’s no point not doing the right thing,” she said.

“It’s just not logical.”

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One dog in the store had a large sore on its tail on Wednesday afternoon, though a staff member claimed all proper vet checks and medical treatment had been undertaken.

Protesters claimed the store had been “cleaned up” after management caught wind of the rally.

The protest was sparked by a post complaining about the state of the shop on closed Facebook group “Toowoomba’s buy, swap, sell and giveaway”.

An online petition calling for the shop to be shut down has so far garnered more than 1200 signatures.

Toowoomba resident Stevie Little started the petition and said another rally would be held outside the Hodgson St store at 10am this Sunday.

“Our original target was 1000 signatures, but we reached that so quickly that I decided to raise the number to 1500,” she said.

“A lot of people have provided photographic evidence of the malnourished and diseased pets.

“We’re going to print off the evidence and provide it to the RSPCA – not the Toowoomba branch, we’re going higher than that – and the local council.”

Article source: http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/a-toowoomba-pet-shop-has-become-the-target-of-onli/2212006/?utm_source=rss+thechronicle&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS+distribution

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