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Old 02-04-2012, 08:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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There's one shop where I used to buy my fish from, in Frederick County, MD.
Walked through their small pet section, saw written on one of their windows that they had a hedgehog for sale, but it was sold.
HOWEVER, it's illegal to sell hedgehogs in FredCo.
Who do I mention this to? When I asked them about it before I even knew they were illegal to sell in FredCo, they told me that as soon as they get hedgehogs, they ship them out the door ASAP... which makes sense, because the poor baby was marked at $99.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure who you'd report it to, however be very careful of reporting the store as some areas in the past where its illegal have just seized and killed the hedgehogs if I am not mistaken.

The USDA comes to mind as they shouldn't be able to get a license to have and sell them in an illegal area of the country. If its local law, then your best best is the county government, however I'd fish around to see if you can't see how they handle their seizure of illegal animals.
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They get one every so often. It's just illegal to sell, not to own.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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They get one every so often. It's just illegal to sell, not to own.
That's the way it is in Ottawa, Ontario. Owning is fine, just not breeding or selling.
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I went them first to ask, since they do take great care of their animals... just their staff absolutely suck with customer service. I stopped buying fish when they wouldn't let me buy one because I didn't know all my water levels by heart. I think that keeping stats in my head that get me published are more important... moving on.
My favorite shop to get stuff done got fined close to $100,000 for selling hedgehogs in the same county. They eventually had to shut down because they couldn't afford the fine.
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I would think the states division of fish and wildlife.
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The Usda I think
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