We initially thought it could be a hoax when the handphone number given was routed to a Singtel message, 'number not available'. Adding to that comments on dog forums that it was a hoax, we almost believed it.
By the timely help of L who personally drove down to Joo Chiat to search out the truth, only then did we know that it is a true fact.
The petshop is Animal Street at Joo Chiat. The owners were in the midst of closing the shop, which was locked, with a sign "No more dogs" on the door.
L tried to get in and also tried to get the attention of the staff inside the shop but they did not respond. I tried calling the shop telephone but they also did not pick up.
We later made a few calls to key people in the animal welfare scene and the latest news we got was that all the dogs have been sold. To who and for what purpose, we do not know. Let's hope they have all gone to good homes.
Whether this is a genuine appeal or an emotional ploy of the petshop to help 'get rid' of their stocks, it brigs to mind one big question - What happen to those animals in various petshops, who are not sold? Why don't you try asking the next petshop you step into - where do their dogs go if they do not get sold? And please do share with us the replies you here. It will be interesting to know.
Thanks for all of you who have contacted us with concern and offers to help.