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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 December 2005, 10:59 GMT
Town pet shop to close its doors
A pet shop in Shropshire that was criticised by animal rights activists is to close after half a century.

Corner Exotics, known to generations of shoppers as Pets' Corner, has been on Mardol in Shrewsbury for 52 years.

It offered the chance for children to look after puppies and kittens, and later expanded the range to more exotic animals with snakes and insects.

More recently the shop became a target for thieves, when up to 17 baby tortoises worth 4,000 were stolen.

The Consumers Association reported the shop to the RSPCA after a visit in 2002.

Simon Airey, who took over the running of the shop from his father, has decided to close up, but will carry on touring county schools showing off the more exotic species.


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