Shop owners suspected of selling alcohol and cigarettes to underage customers have long been the target of “stings” by trading standards officials. But now a pet shop business has fallen foul of animal welfare laws by selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old boy.
He was sent in to make a test purchase by council staff investigating a complaint that the shop had previously sold a gerbil to a girl with learning difficulties who put it in a cup of coffee. The rodent subsequently died.
Amazing what taxpayer money is spent on. The article goes on to say that the woman was fined and put under home curfew in the evenings. Seriously?