Quilkey: buy from the pound instead

Still from a video of puppies left in Parklea Markets on a day when temperatures reached 44 degrees. Picture: Zac Gallen
Still from a video of puppies left in Parklea Markets on a day when temperatures reached 44 degrees. Picture: Zac Gallen

People should be buying puppies from the pound instead of Parklea Markets, according to Blacktown Council.

The markets came after fire this week after footage of puppies appearing stressed in high temperatures was shared more than 10,000 times on Facebook.

The RSPCA confirmed they were investigating reports of animal cruelty, after hundreds of complaints were received in response to the footage.

”The vendors have been given strict instructions to leave the animals at home in the cool and not bring them into the shop until the weather is under 30 degrees Celsius, and this will be closely monitored. We are continuing to investigate this incident,” an RSPCA spokeswoman said.

Goldfish are the only animals currently for sale at Parklea Markets, according to the council’s Companion Animals Advisory committee chair Chris Quilkey.

“For a start, I don’t know why people aren’t adopting pets from our Animal Holding Facility rather than buying them at a market stall,” Cr Quilkey said.

“If you adopt a pet from the council you know it is healthy, fully vaccinated and registered.”

Councillor Chris Quilkey

Councillor Chris Quilkey

Cr Quilkey said he was pleased to see the RSPCA investigate the matter.

“I want to thank the concerned people who took action to make sure animals are not subjected to cruelty,” he said.

The RSPCA spokeswoman agreed that animal shelters are the best place to buy a pet.

“Markets like this, even when run ‘well’, are no place for the sale of animals,” she said. 

“RSPCA NSW’s position paper on pet shops outlines much stricter regulations around pet shops that we are actively advocating for.

“This is just yet another reason why you should adopt, not shop.”