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Co Antrim exotic pet store operator on animal cruelty rates

The owner of an exotic and expert pet superstore is established to battle a raft of animal cruelty charges.

ichard Potter faces 15 charges under the Welfare of Animals Act relating to his Cloughmills-centered enterprise Jungle Animals.

Courtroom paperwork point out the 39-yr-aged is accused of breaching conditions of his petshop licence by failing to residence the animals in a way to shield them from “suffering damage or distress”, despite sensible to warnings to do so.

The expenses declare Potter also allegedly unsuccessful to have the enclosures cleaned to protect against cross-contamination and did not remove faeces or uneaten food items to prevent the attraction of vermin and the make up of noxious gases.

He is also accused of failing to check out on the animals not significantly less than two times a working day, which include the times on which the company is closed. Potter is also alleged to have unsuccessful to ensure the animals had cost-free accessibility to refreshing, thoroughly clean drinking water at all instances and of producing sure that ill or injured animals were not presented for sale.

A cost also states he did not give the proper lights and periods of darkness for the animals saved on his premises.

It is also claimed he authorized the premises to be managed by another person who did not have the appropriate expertise or qualifications for the variety of species on sale at the business.

Potter is even more billed with two counts of unlawful possession of a veterinary drugs and a person count of unlawfully administering a veterinary medication.

All the prices against him are dated concerning December 2019 and June 2020.

The scenario in opposition to Potter, whose small business is in a retail complex off the Frosses Street in the Co Antrim village, was briefly stated at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court docket on Friday.

The case was adjourned.

Jungle Animals proclaims alone as “N.Ireland and Ireland’s No1 Exotic pet superstore. 25 several years expertise. Throughout the world imports providing the northern sections of Co Antrim and Derry/ Donegal.”

Its Facebook web site also states “our store has about 70 animals from alligators, crocodiles, monkeys, raccoons, substantial pythons and much more!”.

In a put up on Christmas Eve, Potter thanked the store’s patrons but stated it had been a tough 12 months for the unique pet trade.

“Admittedly it was possibly the hardest year in business enterprise that I can bear in mind,” he posted.

“Economically factors have changed… Brexit was a key component in our industry like a lot of other folks.

“There will be numerous problems in advance in 2022.

“On a superior observe we opened our next retailer. Possibly a nuts detail to do in these times but considerably wanted to support the North West.

“So much so great but only with your assist!

“As a compact unbiased family members small business, we perform very tough both of those at operate and driving the scenes and this is only possible with your guidance!

“We thank all our workers/good friends. They have aided enormously this yr!”

Sunday Existence contacted Potter about the circumstance but he declined to comment on the issue.