Pet shop owner arrested for selling protected animals

THE owner of a pet shop in Central Trinidad is expected to appear before a Chaguanas magistrate today charged with being in possession of and offering to sell protected animals.

The businessman was arrested on Saturday by game wardens who went to his establishment during a sting operation.

According to police reports, the game wardens, in civilian wear, went to the pet shop, located at Edinburgh Village, Chaguanas, and asked about the price of the turtles and capuchin monkeys which the owner of the establishment had on display for sale.

The shop owner, police said, responded that the price of each monkey was $2,500, while he sold each turtle for $500.

Following that, the game wardens informed him that the animals offered for sale were in breach of the law, before proceeding to arrest him.

The four turtles and six monkeys were also seized. —Rickie Ramdass

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