The Windsor Road pet shop “Penarth Pets” has closed and appears to have ceased trading with all the fittings and fixtures having been removed over the weekend.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council issued an edict in September informing the shop – which had been in business for 8 years – that could not sell any pets on its premises without first qualifying for, and then obtaining, a new kind of licence from the council.
The shop – which was originally called “Penarth Pets and Groomers” disposed of its live animals and concentrated on selling pet food and accessories.
Proprietor Alan Peters said at the time 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.
Mr Peters said that if he wanted to continue selling pets 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 could take take three years to obtain.
It’s not known whether a new retailer is yet lined up to take over the premises – which are in a prime spot next door to Boots the Chemists in Windsor Road.