Pet shops can reopen
By Amy Burns
TWO Sheffield pet shops accused of displaying dead fish have come to an agreement with the council that will allow them to continue trading.
Pets at Home stores in Heeley Retail Park, Chesterfield Road, and Drakehouse Retail Park, Drakehouse Way, were criticised in a report compiled by an Animal Control and Enforcement Officer who inspected both premises.
Criticisms included dead fish being left on display in tanks, ill-looking fish not being isolated and a lack of food for some pets.
The author of the report recommended that both shops should not have their Pet Shop License applications renewed.
But after discussions with Animal Health Wardens from Sheffield Council, the company has now reached a solution to their problems which both sides are happy with.
Mark Parry, assistant environmental protection manager form Sheffield Council said: "We've been working with Pets at Home, having discussions with them on the issues and how they can be resolved.
"We've identified that there have been problems with management systems at the store, but we are now reassured that those problems will be resolved."
The license applications were due to be discussed by the council's Licensing Board yesterday but the agreement was reached beforehand.