The Vale of Glamorgan Council has told a pet shop in Penarth town centre that it cannot sell any pets on its premises without first qualifying for, and then obtaining, a new kind of licence from the council .
The “Penarth Pets ” shop – at 22 Windsor Road – is next door to Boots the chemists and has been in business for 8 years.
However proprietor Alan Peters says that all the accumulated expertise and knowledge of pet health, and of handling a range of different animals and their diets, no longer seems to be enough to satisfy the authorities following the introduction of strict new regulations governing the licensing of pet retailers.
The regulation of pet shops used to fall under the Vale Council’s “Standard Conditions for Pet Shops” which was based on the 1951 Pet Animals Act and the 2006 Animal Welfare Act but is now being replaced by new even- tougher regulations .
Mr Peters says if he wanted to sell animals at his Penarth shop it would now be necessary to have at least one member of staff who holds a City and Guilds Pet Store Management Qualification in order to be considered for at Vale of Glamorgan Council Pet Shop Licence – and such qualifications can take three years to obtain.
Pet store owners are accusing the Vale of Glamorgan Council of “moving the goalposts” as far as their business is concerned.
One business in Barry, which still has has a large stock of live tropical fish, rabbits and birds, has reportedly had to put up notices saying “No Animals for Sale” – and is not being allowed to sell any of its remaining stock.
Meanwhile in “Penarth Pets” in Windsor Road, Penarth is specialising in sales of pet food and pet accessories . The last pet rabbit it had in stock, has just been given a new home