TSPCA investigation department received a report in 2013 concerning the overcrowding of animals in a pet store. A field investigation revealed that the store had not submitted a business permit to the authorities and was illegally breeding and selling dogs. During an undercover mission, the shop clerk disclosed that most of the dogs in their store were illegally bred and sold, with some even exported to other countries. Based on the thorough video and audio evidence obtained, the store was fined 50,000 NTD by the Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Department based on Animal Protection Act articles 22 and 25-1, early in 2014.
With persistent follow-ups, we again gathered information regarding the illegal selling of dogs from the same supplier. In order to put an end to the illegal sales and breeding for good, TSPCA again went undercover, collecting further evidence that the pet store was still illegally selling dogs and had no concerns for the dogs’ welfare needs. With solid proof, the Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection again fined the offender with a double penalty for a repeat offense in July of 2015, the fine having been doubled to 100,000 NTD.
TSPCA has decided to announce the details of this pet store on account of their repeated offences and lack of remorse, in hopes that with a lack of support from the public due to their illegal activities and disregard for animal welfare, they will come to comprehend the improper and unlawful nature of this business and swiftly change their ways of doing business. Please contact the TSPCA investigation department if you notice any illegal sales or questionable animal welfare at any pet store in Taiwan.
Location: Da’an District, Willy Pet Groomer
(Source: Taipei Animal Protection and Health Inspection; full information is not allowed due to the Personal Data Protection Law.)
Based on the Animal Protection Act, the shop needs to apply for a “special pet breeding and selling license” in order to continue business. The shop needs to exhibit the permit visibly in the shop, as well as register online. If you have any concerns, you can also find more information on the Council of Agriculture’s website:
Again, TSPCA would like to remind the public to “Adopt, don’t shop”. Without a demand in the market, it is easier to eliminate unlawful breeding activities.
Animal Protection Act Article 22:
Any person who operates, for commercial profit, pet breeding, trading or keeping businesses of specially designated pets shall apply for permits from the competent authorities for special municipalities, counties or cities and obtain business permit in accordance with relevant regulations before begin operation.