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Pet Shop burns down - all animals die
*why you should not buy animals from pet shops*

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#1 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:10 PM

Okay, this is just tragic. Animals left overnight, and the building catches alight (neighbouring building is where fire started).

All die.

Sydney Pet Shop Fire

Petshop staff often 'say' they take care of the animals - they take them home overnight and they're 'like part of the family'. Clearly not in this case, and it makes it hard to believe that any of them do that.

This is just another example of why animals should not be sold in stores.

Edited by *Spikey*, 24 April 2012 - 06:11 PM.

#2 bakesgirls

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:13 PM

Whilst I don't agree with the concept of pet stores, I don't neccesarily blame them for what happened. I think it's just a really unfortunate situation.

It's no different than if a home breeder had a house fire and the animals died there IMO.

#3 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:15 PM

Except for the sheer number of animals of course. Its closer to the RSPCA burning down if you must find a comparison.

#4 bakesgirls

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:20 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 24/04/2012, 06:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Except for the sheer number of animals of course. Its closer to the RSPCA burning down if you must find a comparison.

So do the RSPCA take all their animals home? I think not.

#5 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:23 PM

No - most of them have overnighters. Animals aren't left unattended.

#6 bakesgirls

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:26 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 24/04/2012, 06:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No - most of them have overnighters. Animals aren't left unattended.

I get what you're saying, I really do. The pet store owners need to go home and sleep at some stage. Staying overnight may not be possible.

If animals can't be left unattended then heaven help anyone who has to leave their animals for 8 hours+ for work purposes. No different from leaving them overnight IMO.

#7 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:33 PM

True, it would be tragic if you lost your pets from your house burning down - but most people don't have a warehouse full of animals.

#8 bakesgirls

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:42 PM

I'm sorry, but I would hardly call a pet shop a 'warehouse full of animals'. Most of the premises are more likely to be taken up with supplies rather than animals.

#9 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:51 PM

You obviously haven't been to Dural's Super Store. While it does have a significant pet supply component, it had a LOT of livestock.

#10 imamumto3

Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:08 PM

they have about 10 chickens, a couple of birds (not for sale) & fish, not really a warehouse full of animals.

I am really upset with what has happened, we shop there frequently.  The owners & staff must be totally devastated by what has happened.

Edited by imamumto3, 24 April 2012 - 07:32 PM.

#11 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

The article says they are. Hope they are insured.

#12 Unatheowl

Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:34 PM




I was at that tyre place yesterday.  They fixed my tyre and charged me $32.25.  They were so lovely...I'm so sorry for them.

Holy crap....I didn't realize it was that place that burned!!

How horrible for the pet store and the pets too...


#13 Spring Chickadee

Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:37 PM

I'm a local and mostly this store is a pet supply store rather than a pet shop. I was actually surprised they had more then a few animals onsite (I only remember seeing the birds they keep as pets who get alot of attention and love)

Its very sad and unfortunate that these animals passed away, but fires happen in homes, sheds and bushland too so I wouldn't attribute this to being an issue with Pet Shops.

#14 bakesgirls

Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:41 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 24/04/2012, 06:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You obviously haven't been to Dural's Super Store. While it does have a significant pet supply component, it had a LOT of livestock.

Actually I have, and not that long ago. I found it to be more supplies than animals.

#15 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:41 PM

It had quite a few birds and smaller animals (fish, rabbits, guinea pigs) on sale when I was there last - which admittedly isn't recently.

The problem with pet shops is that they don't need to be selling animals - at all - and that in doing so, animals are put at risk with the usual practices (cages, crates, etc), and of course its worse than someone's home burning down because there are more than the average home owner would have. Which makes an unnecessary and totally pointless waste of animal life.

But if you're all okay with it, that's alright by me. Just don't expect me to agree with you as I clearly don't think its okay to just brush over the deaths of a number of animals when they should not have been kept in those circumstances.

No problem with animal supply stores at all.

#16 imamumto3

Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

what if a fire went through a breeders house or property where they kept animals for sale, would that be better because they werent locked into a shop?

I dont agree with a lot of ways animals for sale are treated, but what happened was s a tradgic accident which could have happened anywhere

#17 bakesgirls

Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:03 PM

No, I'm not OK with it and I agree that pet shops shouldn't exist. I don't think that the pet shop owners can be held accountable though for a really unfortunate accident that didn't even start in their shop.

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