A pet shop in Tokyo has been ordered to close for one month for not maintaining a clean and safe environment for animals. It is the first time for such an order to be issued by the Tokyo metropolitan government.
The Papillon Tropical Fish shop located in Akishima City was ordered closed on Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. According to reports, the size of the shop had been inadequate for housing the number of dogs and cats it had at any given time and the shop owners forced the animals into cages and areas far too small for them to be able to move around with any freedom. The unsanitary conditions of the space also made it not only a health hazard for the animals, but for customers as well.
City officials captured photographic evidence of the shop's conditions during an investigative visit last year. The photographs showed not only the poor conditions inside the establishment, but also a row of dirty cages in front of the store that were filled with so many birds that the animals could not move.
Since the store opened, over 100 complaints regarding the horrible smell in and around the store have been filed with the city. Even after city officials went into the shop and spoke with management 34 times to discuss improving the conditions, nothing was done by the store owner.
At the time of the cease and desist order, the shop housed 15 dogs and over 200 birds.© Japan Today