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Jack's-Jane
06-08-2006, 10:20 AM
I went back in to the garden centre to see if Rex was in a better state.
He is WORSE :cry:
He still has mites and is so fat he can hardly move :cry:
I have already reported this to the RSPCA.
I have written to the store manager on two occassions.

WHAT CAN I DO NOW!!
When I highlighted Rex's obesity to staff just now they told me he has been to the Vet who apparently said there was 'nothing wrong with him' :shock: :? :x
They went on to say that he is fed on 'diet food' :roll: (he had a HUGE BOWLFUL of Excel Light Pellets/Ready Grass and a Carrot...... :roll: :roll:
They also said he 'sometimes goes out in his run' ( sometimes= once or twice a week. :roll: :roll: :cry: Run is a 4ft square one :x :x )

Rex has endured this for SIX YEARS :cry: :cry:
Oh and I was also told that 'there is nothing more that can be done to address his weight problem cos he is OLD' :shock: :shock:

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh :evil: :evil:

I am about to do yet another letter and will copy it to Head Office.
Do you think a hand written one will be OK as my printer is defunct :?

Janex

Sue&Sooty
06-08-2006, 10:22 AM
Poor Chap :( :( I think a handwritten letter will be fine Jane... I think maybe a sharp left hook would be better though!

raine
06-08-2006, 10:23 AM
Tell them Jane that we intend to protest peacefully outside their garden centre next weekend in our chairs with a few placards.

rineyroo
06-08-2006, 10:24 AM
Get loads of your friends to write letters too. The more people that tell them the more they'll listen, maybe :?

janice
06-08-2006, 01:11 PM
Jane

Is this a garden centre near me by the lights and the fire station? I haven't been in their for ages.

If it is, have a word with Donna, she knows a few inspectors who cover our area.

Janice

Jack's-Jane
06-08-2006, 01:38 PM
Jane

Is this a garden centre near me by the lights and the fire station? I haven't been in their for ages.

If it is, have a word with Donna, she knows a few inspectors who cover our area.

Janice

Yes, thats the one Janice. I have offered a retirement home to Rex on numerous occassions. He really looks terrible now :cry:
I was actually in the shop when he arrived OVER SIX YEARS AGO!!

Today there was one baby fluffball bun, one REW, one broken Caster Rex and one grey+white mixed breed.
All in small hutches which 'nice' green water bottles attached.. :x :(

I have enlisted a couple ofpeople to write to the store manager today in the hope that even if they ignore my letter AGAIN (I am probably seen as the eccentric old rabbit woman :roll: ) they might take notice of a letter from 'normal' people.....

Janex

raven_guest
06-08-2006, 01:49 PM
Is the rex for sale or is it a 'store pet' you should ask which vet told them this as it will leave them speachless as they are blatantly lying.

I don't think there is much more you can do hun :( You've offered to take it, you've asked the right questions and you've written letters. Could you not put the head offices email etc on here and we could all email them? Sometimes just sheer numbers of complaints can make a difference.

Jack's-Jane
06-08-2006, 01:54 PM
Is the rex for sale or is it a 'store pet' you should ask which vet told them this as it will leave them speachless as they are blatantly lying.

I don't think there is much more you can do hun :( You've offered to take it, you've asked the right questions and you've written letters. Could you not put the head offices email etc on here and we could all email them? Sometimes just sheer numbers of complaints can make a difference.

Dont think I can actually name the store on the Forum :?
Might be OK to do it via PMs though :?

Rex is the shop Rabbit, poor boy :(

Janex

Azraelm
06-08-2006, 03:11 PM
What do they actually say when you offer to take him?
Do they genuinelly want to keep him do you think, or are they just being stubborn to prove a point?

Is it worth sending a friend in to say she have fallen in love with him and would they consider selling him for a small amount as he is old? She could be very gushy about how much she loves rexes etc and she just adores him more and more each time she visits...

Does the garden centre have a head office? Do they own any other businnesses other than this one?

Deelove
06-08-2006, 03:12 PM
Steal him! You must hava some black clothes right? Or how about speaking to the manager about getting him a better run? Suggest they do a fund raiser mabye. Or maybe do a little campaign and stand outside the garden centre handing out animal welfare leaflets and disturb the customers so the garden centre has to sort itself out.

Just basically be obnoxious if the letters aren't working.

Leanne
06-08-2006, 04:34 PM
Have Environmental Health Dept been notified of the mites, obeseness, small hutches & green bottles?
If so, Have they actually done anything???
I would keep hassling THEM as it is their responsibility to ensure that licence holders are adhering to regulations!

If you are allowed to pm us that would be great :)

whiskyscruffles
06-08-2006, 04:47 PM
What do they actually say when you offer to take him?
Do they genuinelly want to keep him do you think, or are they just being stubborn to prove a point?

Is it worth sending a friend in to say she have fallen in love with him and would they consider selling him for a small amount as he is old? She could be very gushy about how much she loves rexes etc and she just adores him more and more each time she visits...

Does the garden centre have a head office? Do they own any other businnesses other than this one?

yep yep, thats what i'd do, i cant do it, i cant see them there, and if i leave them it just gets to me more. i would have to buy out all the pets, but then theyd just get more :(

Azraelm
06-08-2006, 04:50 PM
What do they actually say when you offer to take him?
Do they genuinelly want to keep him do you think, or are they just being stubborn to prove a point?

Is it worth sending a friend in to say she have fallen in love with him and would they consider selling him for a small amount as he is old? She could be very gushy about how much she loves rexes etc and she just adores him more and more each time she visits...

Does the garden centre have a head office? Do they own any other businnesses other than this one?

yep yep, thats what i'd do, i cant do it, i cant see them there, and if i leave them it just gets to me more. i would have to buy out all the pets, but then theyd just get more :(

Yes I see what you mean and I'd never buy an animal from a pet shop for this reason but Jane has already offered to take him anyway so again, they'd be a space for another- I was just kind of suggesting that perhaps they are being stubborn about Jane taking him in particular because they are trying to prove a point.

Jack's-Jane
07-08-2006, 10:40 AM
I have sent the store Manager another letter setting out my concerns re Rex's health and welfare. I have again offered Rex a retirement home but have said that if they really believe Rex is better off staying with them ( :roll: ) I would offer advice as to how his life could be improved (provision of a LARGE run to be used EVERY day for a start!!)) Also dietary advice (ie not feeding the amount of pellets mine get in a WEEK every day :roll: )
I have said a local Vet will provide a reference for me should that be necessary.
My friend posted her letter off today too so I guess we have to wait and see what response we get........

Janex

nicole
07-08-2006, 11:09 AM
Good for you Jane

Dobbin
08-08-2006, 10:26 AM
good for you jane, i dont blame u for doing all you can to help

sue
xx

ShivyRex
08-08-2006, 11:08 AM
If all else fails there is always the desperate option of an anonymous tip off to the local press.....providing they are bothered with animal welfare.....

Spacegirl
08-08-2006, 12:37 PM
Yes - get the press! Phone your local free newspaper and ask them if they would be interested in writing a story about him. Tell the shop they are going to visit and write it even if they aren't! If you can take some digital pictures of the poor bunny and send me the details I will write the story for you , send you a copy and then submit it to your paper - and I will phone them with my "freelance" hat on and ask them for their comments!

Jack's-Jane
08-08-2006, 01:24 PM
Yes - get the press! Phone your local free newspaper and ask them if they would be interested in writing a story about him. Tell the shop they are going to visit and write it even if they aren't! If you can take some digital pictures of the poor bunny and send me the details I will write the story for you , send you a copy and then submit it to your paper - and I will phone them with my "freelance" hat on and ask them for their comments!

I will give them til Friday to reply to my letter.If they dont bother I'll be in there with my camera on Saturday :P :P

I actually dread going in there now as I am affraid the next time I do I will find that Rex has passed to The Bridge never knowing a better life.... :cry:

Janex

Becca
08-08-2006, 01:39 PM
:( Poor bunny,lets hope they hand him to you soon.

Jack's-Jane
18-08-2006, 11:06 AM
Finally I have received a reply from the Garden Centre....

'Thank you for your letter dated 6th August 2006 and I am sorry to read that you still feel uncomfortable about the care and needs of Rex the Rabbit

In past correspondence I have mentioned Rex has regular walks and exercise 'out of hours'. He also has regular check ups with a local Veterinary Surgery.

Rex currently does have mites for which he is receiving the appropriate course of treatment. The Vet is happy with his overall bill of health.

Rex is now approaching 7 years of age and with this in mind and the extra welfare needs of a Rabbit of this age, we may be looking for a 'retirement home' for Rex. As stated in my reply to your letter dated 10th August 2005 we have a number of suitable homes for Rex to go to. A decision will be made at the time WE feel it best for Rex to move home.

Regards.....


In other words BOG-OFF WOMAN.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh :x :x

And I know what Vet they use. I would not take ANY Pet of mine to them

:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

Janex

shantel
18-08-2006, 12:42 PM
Oh that's a shame that they are being so hard faced about it :( Even though you are offering a wonderful home. They are just being awkward for the sake of it I think!

nicole
18-08-2006, 01:22 PM
I think you need to get the press involved in this.
You have done all you can.

bowdenbunnyrescue
18-08-2006, 01:33 PM
Maybe if a local rescue could go and have a look - it could help with the story in the press.

janice
18-08-2006, 01:53 PM
There have been concerns about Rex for many years now, when I was involved with another rescue different people used to go in and complain about the fact he had no water and was out in the run in the full heat of the day without any protection. Unfortunately this garden centre has been very stubborn, they usually change what they are doing for a few weeks and then go back to their old practices. Local authoritys and inspectors have been contacted many times about this poor rabbit over the years, either they are powerless to do anything or are not willing.

Jack's-Jane
18-08-2006, 02:15 PM
There have been concerns about Rex for many years now, when I was involved with another rescue different people used to go in and complain about the fact he had no water and was out in the run in the full heat of the day without any protection. Unfortunately this garden centre has been very stubborn, they usually change what they are doing for a few weeks and then go back to their old practices. Local authoritys and inspectors have been contacted many times about this poor rabbit over the years, either they are powerless to do anything or are not willing.

Have you seen him recently Janice

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Janex

melaniejb
18-08-2006, 02:16 PM
There have been concerns about Rex for many years now, when I was involved with another rescue different people used to go in and complain about the fact he had no water and was out in the run in the full heat of the day without any protection. Unfortunately this garden centre has been very stubborn, they usually change what they are doing for a few weeks and then go back to their old practices. Local authoritys and inspectors have been contacted many times about this poor rabbit over the years, either they are powerless to do anything or are not willing.

Then it seems that the press is probably the only way to go. Do you think that any local papers would be interested Jane?