Pet Store Neglect
Meet Mr. Monocle!
Monocle just after arriving home
The Story of Mr. Monocle
Remember how I referred to the pet store as if it were some type of wonderland full of wonderful little creatures? Then I proved how terribly wrong that description was by explaining just where those pets came from? Well today, I would like to introduce to you the story of an extraordinary rat who came from one of these pet stores in Ohio. The images you see were provided to me through an 18 year old girl named Alisha who has an extreme passion for rats. She found this little guy and felt the need to take responsibility for saving the rat into her own hands. Little did she know that this rescue would turn out to be disastrous.
Meet Mr. Monocle. Mr. Monocle is a hairless rat found in a pet store in Ohio during March 2011 by Alisha, a young girl who came to the pet store to buy some food for her current pet rats. Not seeing any available on the shelf, she walked to the back of the store to ask the employee on duty if there was any rat food available. But instead of the employee, she found a rat with extremely over grown teeth and a terrible eye infection. At the sight of him, she began to cry hysterically and decided to ask the manager how they could let that happen to such an innocent creature. The manager told the girl to report the store if she had a problem, which is precisely what she did.
Despite the fact she knew she would be supporting “back yard breeders,” the girl bought the rat, taking it home to figure out what she could do to help it. She gave the rat Infants Tylenol for pain and fed him soft foods such as pasta and yogurt. Alisha’s vet was closed for the weekend and waiting for her vet’s office to open again could mean life or death for the sick rat. Its bottom teeth were puncturing its cheek and eating was nearly impossible. She had to act right away. Another popular member of Goosemoose.com suggested that she trim the rat’s teeth, but it could be slightly dangerous, especially if the rat was unwilling to let her. But yet again, despite Alisha’s fear, she took the chance and trimmed the rat’s teeth.
What about the pet store responsible for this? Alisha went through with her threat of reporting the store, reporting them to PETA, The Humane Society and other rescues. However, all of them refused to take action unless a vet would say the injuries and infections were direct causes of the pet stores neglect. Her vet refused to get involved with a legal dispute and after explaining his decision to PETA, they denied her claim. The Humane Society also offered her no help at all. Meanwhile, Alisha and her family named the little man Mr. Monocle, after the way his eyes looked when he first arrived home from the terrible pet store. Mr. Monocle also had another problem which lied invisible inside the rat, a highly contagious and fatal disease to other animals. The disease quickly spread amongst Alisha’s rat colony and within a week, 4 of her pet rats had died. Within 2 months, another 3 rats had. Alisha says she feels as though she has failed not only herself, but Mr. Monocle and the rest of her fallen colony.
Did she fail? I think not. Alisha rescued a helpless animal who was suffering from severe neglect. Mr. Monocle needed immediate Vet attention and without it was going to die very soon! Mr. Monocle is now living a healthy life with the girl and has given the girl knowledge of what pet stores are really here for. MONEY! Not to find homes for innocent animals. They do not care about their animals, but only the revenue they generate! Remember to never adopt from a pet store unless they are holding a rescue adoption, in which case you will be asked to fill out an application and submit to a background check. You will not be bringing home your new best friend that day, but the wait is worth it not to support the terrible back yard breeders. This does not only go for rats, but all pets, including cats, dogs, reptiles and rodents!
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For more information on Mr. Monocle or to read more about the story, visit his thread at Goosemoose.com
What Alisha, Mr. Monocle's Owner, Has to Say.
"I'm the owner of Monocle.
I wanted to talk about why you shouldnt get rats from pet stores.
99% of pet stores get their rats from mills. Whats a rat mill? - Exactly like a puppy mill. Rats in filthy, disgusting, over crowded cages. These rats do not get any vet care what so ever.
Now the pet store- pretty much the same as the mill. has disgusting, filthy, over crowded cages that do not receive any vet care. If a rat is sick or injured they're left to die. Do not think your local pet store is different UNLESS you have seen for yourself that their animals are not kept in these conditions. In order to do that you would have to see every room of the pet store. Pet stores do not leave this out in the open, they hide it behind closed doors so you will not see it, even if it is happening.
SO, by buying a rat from a pet store you are supporting the pet store for how they keep their animals, AND supporting how the mills that they got their rats from are kept. How? By giving them money you are giving them money for how they, and the mills, treat their animals. There's no way around it, its FACT. You're giving them money for the animal; there for supporting them.
Not only would you be supporting them by buying an animal, even though you may be "saving" it, you're only dooming another rat to go in its place. You're sacrificing one rats life for another. Its NOT that the animal in the pet store doesnt deserve a loving home, it does, but it comes down to this; Do you want to support horrible breeders, or no? In the end its just better to not buy from pet stores.
Why did I buy him? I admit it wasnt smart, I put money into pockets of animal abusers. I just couldnt leave him there like that, and thought for sure I'd have enough evidence to shut down that crap hole for good. I dont regret getting him, as I love him, but that doesnt make what I did right.
On to another reason you dont want to get animals from pet stores-
Their animals are often sick. Wither its a respiratory infection, mites, or a virus. With mites or a virus it can easily and quickly infect your other animals (these do NOT effect humans)
- Monocle was sick. He was sick with a very contagious, deadly virus. A few days after he arrived every single one of my rats got sick. It acted like a serious respiratory infection but with it effecting so many rats at once it couldnt be that. All my rats got his virus. They were taken to the vet and put on antibiotics, but it wasnt that simple. In the first week I had lost 4 rats to it. With in the next 2 1/2 months I had lost another 3. I lost 7 of my rats, my babies, to this virus. With losing 7 of my rats with in 3 months it also cost me a good $300. For vet visits, antibiotics, and having to put a rat to sleep.
It was a terrible, terrible mistake that's completely my fault. I should have quarantined Monocle before bringing him home, but wasnt thinking. (QT is having the new animal in a completely different house (HAS to be a different airspace) for 3 weeks so sickness, if present, has time to show up WITHOUT effecting other animals)
If you're going to get an animal, please, dont support pet stores and dont risk the lives of your other animals by not doing quarantine. There are PLENTY of animals in rescues, shelters, on craigslist, ect that need homes.
I wish, so bad, that this situation could have gone differently. Dont make mistakes like I did."