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CCTV helps to stop drug problem outside Cambridge pet store
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Pets Corner offer customers advice on how to cope with the loss of a pet
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RVC Welsh Regional Veterinary Centre’s Dr Neil Paton elected as new BVA Welsh Branch President
Canadians warned not to flush 'invasive' goldfish down the loo
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Canadians warned not to flush 'invasive' goldfish down the loo

Officials in western Canada are urging people not to flush their pet goldfish down the toilet because they're surviving and multiplying at an alarming rate.

Environmental officers in the province of Alberta say they've found goldfish the size of dinner plates in the region's storm ponds. Forty of the fish were pulled from a single pond in the north of the province earlier this year, the CBC News website reports.

"That's really scary because it means they're reproducing in the wild, they are getting quite large and they are surviving the winters that far north," says Kate Wilson from Alberta's environment department.

Goldfish are considered an invasive species in Canada, and the government is worried they could upset fragile local ecosystems.

As a result, it has launched a campaign warning people of the trouble flushed pets can cause - even if they have already gone to the big goldfish pond in the sky.

"Even if the fish are dead, they could have diseases or parasites that could be introduced, especially if the water treatment system is not top notch," said Kate. 

The campaign will also target pet stores and markets, as well as groups that engage in "mercy releases", where captive animals are set free in the belief it will create spiritual "good karma", CBC News says.

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