Actually, herefishy, as much as that would be wonderful... the SPCA nor the sheriff's dept will get involved when it comes to neglected fish/animals in a pet store unless its dogs or cats. The SPCA only has jurisdiction in very limited places, also. Even though Texas has SPCA, they couldn't initiate anything with the problem with Rainbow World because Hamilton county was out of their jurisdiction. As for local law enforcement, the sight of dead or sick fish in store tanks means nothing to them. That's why this problem is so rampant in so many lfs's.
Did you know that fish are specifically excluded in animal cruelty laws in most states, and not mentioned in the others. Unless it is a native and wild species which the DNR can regulate, nobody can do anything about neglected and/or abused aquarium fish anywhere in the states.
The reason someone may be able to help the animals at Rainbow World Exotics is because it includes birds and rabbits and other small animals that qualify under animal cruelty laws.
It's in part the fault of our politicians that fish have been so forgotten or singled out as unimportant. Everyone here understands how important it is, how fish are no less deserving than any other animal...but until our politicians recognize it, alter our laws to include them, then the rampant cases of neglect and abuse will continue.
In Texas, animal cruelty is only a misdemeanor offense, which brings only a fine. That isn't much different anywhere else in the states.
This is the reasons why we, as customers, have to take the stand and demand better from our retailers and wholesalers. If we don't demand it, nobody else will, and it will continue to get worse as the years go on.
Keep up the good work. Keep putting them on the spot, keep writing letters and keep complaining. When the majority starts to pull together and demands better, then it will happen.