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Old 12-02-14, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Frustrating me to no end, poor animal.

In a local pet-shop there has been a Boa Constrictor for sale for months now. The first time i saw it, it had shed horribly, it was a bit dehydrated and had a slight fungal infection on it's back. But it still caught my eye, because it had pretty silver gray almost Anery looking eyes. The owner of the shop assured me that was the way the animal came in, and that they were going to get it in better shape while it was in the shop. I had no reason for not believing him, the other animals looked pretty well.

Yesterday i visited the shop again to buy some thermometers, it's been a few months (5ish) since i last been there. So i walk to the reptile area, curious as always. The same boa was still there, looking absolutely Horrid. I talked to one of the employee's, he tried to convince me that the animal was recently brought in 'with a slight burn' and that it wouldn't eat, but that is is doing 'better' now. I know for a fact that he was lying, it is exactly the same animal. It's in the the same enclosure, same price, same pattern, same unusual eyes.

It's health has deteriorated, and he has obviously lost weight. I told them it was going to die if they kept it in this condition, and that they should really get it help before it's too late. I even offered to take it off their hands, but they want me to pay the full price. Not only is it a very sick animal that won't even eat, the price is Absolutely Ridiculous!! First time i went there i asked to see the papers, because i wanted to know Why it was so expensive. But it still doesn't make sense, its a Hypo Het. Albino, 66% Het Anery. And it costs 850,- Euro, which is 1053,- USD. I put the thermometers down, and left.. These ********'s not getting a penny from me...


I made some calls but the animal is 'cared for properly' so they won't do anything, the owner probably told them the same lie.. I'ts making me so angry! I wish i could help, he is slowly wasting away.. For a brief moment i even considered burglary, but that wouldn't be wise.

I really needed this off my chest, here's some pictures i took off him.. He even looks better in the pictures than he does in real life..




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Old 12-02-14, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is absolutely horrid that they would treat an animal in such a way! And the fact that they reflexively lie to you and give you crap stories is even worse!
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Re: Frustrating me to no end, poor animal.

I'm really glad you didn't spend any money with them. You deserve a gold star.

Bummer about the snake. You've been doing the right thing by contacting authorities and not spending any money with them. Keep it up and spread the word. If the authorities don't do anything at least you can show how you feel by not filling their wallet.
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That is absolutely horrid that they would treat an animal in such a way! And the fact that they reflexively lie to you and give you crap stories is even worse!
Yea it doesn't make them look any better, at-least they could be honest.


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I'm really glad you didn't spend any money with them. You deserve a gold star.

Bummer about the snake. You've been doing the right thing by contacting authorities and not spending any money with them. Keep it up and spread the word. If the authorities don't do anything at least you can show how you feel by not filling their wallet.

Thanks. I'm doing my best spreading the word, already convinced my friends/acquaintances not to go there anymore. i'm not sure if i can share the name of the shop here freely? It is mostly an aquarium shop with a small reptile area, the fish are cared for well but the reptiles don't sell well so they don't seem to get any care.
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Yea it doesn't make them look any better, at-least they could be honest.





Thanks. I'm doing my best spreading the word, already convinced my friends/acquaintances not to go there anymore. i'm not sure if i can share the name of the shop here freely? It is mostly an aquarium shop with a small reptile area, the fish are cared for well but the reptiles don't sell well so they don't seem to get any care.
Name it anyway.
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Re: Frustrating me to no end, poor animal.

Its called Dino, or Dino's Dierensupermarkt. Located in Breda Netherlands.
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Re: Frustrating me to no end, poor animal.

I got a callback asking if i have any proof the animal has been in this shape for the time i claim it has been, sadly i did not take pictures last time i was there. But they say they're keeping an eye on it now, which is something at-least..
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Found their site, looks like you can give them reviews. Reptielen - Dino
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Nice lets all review them on their site!!!
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I got a callback asking if i have any proof the animal has been in this shape for the time i claim it has been, sadly i did not take pictures last time i was there. But they say they're keeping an eye on it now, which is something at-least..
It's something. Good on you for sticking to your values and not giving them business. That is no way to treat an animal.
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Re: Frustrating me to no end, poor animal.

No it isn't, it's a horrible way to treat an animal. Sadly it isn't uncommon here, even though this is an extreme case.. There are only 2 stores nearby that even have any reptile related stuff, and i don't support either of them. Why i don't support this one is obvious, and the other store isn't much better. The few times i have been there i have always seen animals housed wrong, small cages, weird combo's and sick animals. My regular store is an hours commute but it is great, wish it was open more often (only 3 days a week)
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Online sales are killing these types of stores. So, I suggest you begin buying supplies online
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Re: Frustrating me to no end, poor animal.

I can not buy my snake food online, there are no sellers.
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Tsubaki, check the website of the company rodentonice. I've been quite happy with their feeders (only mice for me though, no experience with their rats) so far.
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Re: Frustrating me to no end, poor animal.

This topic is really old i know.. only 1 picture even still works, but have an update on this. I just visited the store again because I was close to it, and it broke my heart to see this animal STILL in their store.. now in a very small enclosure, looking skinny and dehydrated on top of all its skin issues they dropped his price to 175 now.. which is still way too much..
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