Pet stores closed after animals found in unhygienic conditions

The Tequila Files

Zapopan authorities temporarily closed and then fined three branches of the Maskota pet store this week for failing to meet animal health and safety standards.

The Maskota stores in Plaza Patria, Plaza Andares and Plaza del Sol were closed last Friday for having sick animals on display, overcrowded enclosures and poor hygiene standards. Inspectors also noted a strong smell of animal excrement and found that the air conditioning was not functioning properly and there were no licensed veterinarians on the premises.

In response to the closures, Maskota issued a statement maintaining that such action was unwarranted and that its stores have complied with all regulations since they first opened. Having demonstrated that it is now meeting the requisite standards, the chain had to pay a fine of 31,043 pesos for each of the three stores before they could be reopened on Wednesday.

The same problems were also detected at two…

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