Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pet Shop Boss Let Fish Die So He Could Charge Phone

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pet Shop Boss Let Fish Die So He Could Charge Phone

Article excerpt

A PET shop owner who unplugged a fish tank pump to charge his mobile phone - killing a goldfish - has been banned from trading for five years.

Four other fish were rescued from the tank after the oxygen pipe was left without power. A parakeet was also found dead in piles of excrement and baby rabbits were seen roaming around the filthy shop because their hutches were not secure.

Council environmental health officers found appalling conditions when they visited Pets Place in Great Cheetham Street East, Salford.

The owner 'cared nothing for the welfare of the animals, only for his profits', town hall bosses said.

Parakeets had been crammed into a makeshift aviary with insufficient perching space and were having to cling to the sides of the cage, while one bird lay dead. …

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