Fish problems put pet shops’ licences up for new scrutiny

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Two pet stores were found selling fish two hours after delivery in a breach of licensing conditions, according to a report.

In an inspection, Sheffield Council officers found fish at Pets at Home in Heeley and Drakehouse retail parks were not being isolated for between 24 and 48 hours before they were sold.

Reports ahead of a licensing meeting today, which will discuss renewal of the shops’ licences, also added that ‘some dead and diseased fish’ were seen in tanks at the Heeley store.

A Pets at Home spokesman said stores operated to procedures developed with experts and to guidelines and fish were not sold until they showed ‘normal behaviour’. He said: “We always put pets ahead of other considerations and would never compromise their welfare.”