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Reality Star Tabitha Willett Outraged After Seeing Dogs In Cages At London Chanel Shop

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Reality Star Tabitha Willett Outraged After Seeing Dogs In Cages At London Chanel Shop

A reality TV star has kicked off at fashion brand Chanel after spotting two dogs being kept in tiny cages inside one of their stores.

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27-year-old Tabitha Willett shared a couple of pictures that showed the pooches lying down in crates that were barely big enough to fit them inside at the brand's Sloane Street shop.

The photos - which were taken at around 11pm on Friday night - also showed that the dogs had no food or water within reach.

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Alongside the pictures, the outraged TV star said: "Chanel why are there two dogs in tiny cages in your shop at 11pm?"

The 'Made In Chelsea' star shared her outrage on Instagram. Credit: Instagram
The 'Made In Chelsea' star shared her outrage on Instagram. Credit: Instagram

She continued: "I phoned Chanel up who said the dogs were there for security purposes which I don't understand as they are locked in crates and the crates are far too small for their size.

"Also no water is visible at all and one of the dogs wagged friendly [sic] when my friend who videoed this walked up to the window so not very scary?

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"I was assured that the animals were only kept in crates for a few hours at a time (still too long I think under these fluorescent lights too) and there was a human man there as well."

A human man? Well, that makes it all OK then.

She then explained the action she took afterwards. Credit: Instagram
She then explained the action she took afterwards. Credit: Instagram

The RSPCA said that the photographs "raised some questions". A spokesperson added: "As a minimum, crates need to be big enough for the dog to be able to sit and stand up at full height, turn around, stretch out and lie down in a natural position,

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"Adding soft, comfortable bedding and safe chew toys help dogs feel comfy, safe and secure.

"Dogs need access to water at all times so a bowl of water should be provided when a dog is inside the crate."

Tabitha Willett with her own dog. Credit: Instagram
Tabitha Willett with her own dog. Credit: Instagram

They didn't confirm how having guard dogs that are locked in tiny cages is useful, however.

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The Chanel shop on Sloane Street. Credit: Google Maps
The Chanel shop on Sloane Street. Credit: Google Maps

A Chanel spokesperson said: "Due to two recent serious incidents in the Sloane Street boutique, Chanel has decided to reinforce the security measures by seeking the services of a dog handler.

"We understand the concern of those who care about animal welfare and we share it.

"We want to assure them that these two dogs, which are specially trained for this purpose, are released from their crates on a regular-basis to stretch and exercise and there is a regular supply of food and water throughout the duration of their time in the boutique."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: Television, UK News, Fashion, Animals

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