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Thu 24 Sep 2009 08:16 AM

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Ed Hardy fashion shop investigated for selling pets

Dubai fashion shop facing head office probe after complaints it sold cats and dogs.

Ed Hardy fashion shop investigated for selling pets
FASHION SHOW: A model on the catwalk during the Ed Hardy Group Show at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009. (Getty Images)

The US headquarters of the fashion retailers Ed Hardy is investigating one of its shops in Dubai after receiving complaints it had been selling cats and dogs.

According to a report in 7days, the company’s lawyer, Lisa Virani, said the store on Jumeirah Beach Road did not have consent to sell animals.

The firm’s fraud detection manager, Gina Carrillo, said an internal investigation is now underway and requested all the newspaper’s details about the store and the sale of pets.

Reporters for the newspaper visited the store and found a pair of week-old kittens and 24 dogs, in glass boxes with metal floors, on sale for thousands of dirhams.

The boxes had an ‘Ed Hardy Pets’ sign on them.

The shop is run by Cartoon Fashions, the Middle East distributor of Ed Hardy.

It is managed by Hamed Yeganeh, who refused to comment when he was contacted by the paper.

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