In March, a pet shop in JLT was issued with a warning after selling puppies infected with a deadly virus. Petholics in Cluster B has now had it’s license suspended for continuing to sell ill puppies after investigations by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre.
The shop was forced to refund the money that customers paid for the puppies. Whilst some of the dogs died from said viruses, others costed their owners thousands of dirhams in vet bills. Welfare campaigners took action and filed complaints to the Dubai Municipality.
The DMCC said: “Petholics still has a license but the shop’s right to sell live animals has been suspended.” They have stated that the shop is no longer allowed to sell animals and once their license to sell animals expires, it will not be renewed.
One resident purchased a dachshund puppy from the store for AED5000 but returned the puppy when it was diagnosed by a vet with the parvovirus – a highly contagious and fatal virus that can damage the heart and cause lifelong cardiac problems. This is the second time the shop has been closed, the first time due to violations of free zone authority rules.