Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Online pet store owner to be billed for seized animals

The owner of a now-defunct pet business in P.E.I. will be held financially responsible for the animals seized from him last month by the Department of Agriculture.

More than 80 animals were taken from kennels belonging to Bud Wheatley, who owned PuppiesAcrossCanada.com. The website has since been suspended.

The pets were taken to the P.E.I. Humane Society, which said it would bill Wheatley for the extra costs.

"It was the first time in the history of the P.E.I. Humane Society that anything that large had been undertaken and that we had helped that many animals so suddenly," said Kelly Mullally, the organization's executive director.

She said under the Companion Animal Protection Act, it is the group's responsibility to take care of the animals seized and to bill the owner of those animals for any expenses incurred.

"We're responsible for that debt and we have to collect that debt," she said. "If we're not able to collect that debt within 24 months from the owner, then we're able to go to the provincial government and get some assistance."..." More

Oct 13, 2009: Animals seized from online pet store

The P.E.I. Department of Agriculture has seized animals from an online business that sells puppies and kittens.

Officials said the animals were removed from kennels belonging to Bud Wheatley, who owns PuppiesAcrossCanada.com.

The department said it took the animals under the province's Companion Animal Protection Act but would not say how many were taken or why.

The pets have been taken to the P.E.I. Humane Society in Charlottetown. Their condition is not known.

Wheatley previously ran a pet store called Snookums in Charlottetown. The store was closed after some of its customers alleged the company had sold them sick pets.

When contacted by CBC News, Wheatley said he was too upset to comment about the seizure..." More