Is it time for a by law in Cornwall to require commercial establishments to ensure that animals they sell have been vaccinated, fixed, and health checked prior to sale?
At issue with over 1,000 people on a local social media page is a pet shop in Cornwall Square that sells kittens and puppies, some alleged to have come from Puppy Mills in Quebec and other places. There was also an online petition with over 2,000 signatures. Clearly the store has drawn the anger of many pet lovers.
The pet store itself has signs posted barring cameras and cell phones at the back of the store. A clerk shared that they sell kittens for between $39 and $59 and couldn’t do so if vet services were required. They cited laws about people having 72 hours to return an animal purchased there, and that it’s the owners responsibility to bring the animal to the vet of their choice.
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Others feel that selling unfixed animals without proper healthcare can only lead to unwanted offspring and health issues such as the parvo out breaks that occur in our East End so frequently.
Stores such as Petsmart sell animals via local animal shelters. These animals have been vet serviced and fixed.
While currently it’s not against the law for the local store to sell animals in this fashion having a by law requiring commercial sales of animals to be vet checked could be passed. It could even be extended to kennels and breeders as well all though there aren’t too many of those in Cornwall.
While technically not breaking any established laws and the local OSPCA not taking any action in spite of multiple complaints from the public there have been many reports of sick or ill cared for animals in the store that has drawn so much criticism.
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