The owner of a pet store admits that a raid on his premises in the West Midlands, which resulted in £60,000 worth of supplies being stolen, has had a ‘devastating’ affect on the family-run business.
Mike Burke, owner of The Big Pet Store in Halesowen, told the Express & Star newspaper: “It’s upsetting. The loss of the stock and money is one thing but it’s upsetting to find someone has done that to you in the first place. Who would want to do that?
“Our customers have been great, but it really knocks you back and it makes you think – why do you bother?
“We can go through the insurance company but to come here and see the door smashed in, your heart drops.
“We’re coming back – we’re strong. There’s a reason to do what we do.”
The pet store, which has been built up from a market stall, moved into its current location in 2005.
As well as pet products being stolen from the store, a number of fish died after the burglars poured bags of fish food into the tank.
A police investigation is currently taking place.
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