Disgusted with my LPS!
There are two pet stores in my area. One is a chain, Pet's Unlimited, and one is a locally owned one. Pet's Unlimited doesn't have a TON of correct knowledge on pets but they do keep pretty good care of their animals, Bettas are usually in .5g cup things, hamsters are in big play areas with lots of food, water, wheels. Basically, all of their animals have constant access to fresh food and water and the ability to exercise.
I went to the other pet store just to check prices. (The prices there were outrageous, each item was 4$+ more at this pet store compared to PU.)
When I got there... Three large puppies in a little container that was 3ft by 1ft. (It was bigger but there was a divider up so they had no access to the other side.). No food, no water, a few little toys. Hamsters: No food, no water, and no exercise wheel (which are ESSENTIAL) and there was like 8 in a little 1ftx1ft cage thing. They were fighting and going nuts. I put my hand in and they bit me because they were so hungry. Same goes for the rats, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits and gerbils. The lizards that needed moist living areas had completely dry spaces. And the bettas were in half and inch of dirty water in little cups.
I am in the process of writing a VERY ANGRY letter, and I will deliver it right to the store myself. I am also going to be taking pictures next time I'm in and reporting the store to my province. I am DISGUSTED at the way they treat their poor animals!!!
Pickle- Cream Female Hamster. Bought 28/06/11
Cucumber - Sable Female Hamster. Born 05/07/11
Skye - Grey Female Tabby Cat. Less than 1 year.
Baby - Grey/White Female Cat. 5 Years Old.
Molly - Golden Beagle/Terrier Female Dog. 10 Years Old.