A haunted pet store is home to a “bored” ghost who throws dog toys, its owner claims.
Rebecca Harrington has been forced to call in ghost hunters to investigate a series of unexplained incidents at Purdy’s Pet Shop in Coventry.
The owner says staff are too scared to work alone after watching bizarre CCTV footage of a cat toy thrown off a shelf.
Other spooky signs of the paranormal at Purdy’s include a vacuum cleaner that won’t turn off and orbs that follow staff into the back room, leaving all six workers terrified.
The 43-year-old, who has run the pet store for more than two years, says customers started complaining of being ‘pulled’ and the animals were said to be ‘freaking out’ just two months after opening.
Eventually, she felt compelled to check the CCTV and was shocked to discover some of the Ghost’s antics caught on camera.
Local ghost hunters were called in to perform a seance and claimed the place was haunted by a man who was “annoyed” by the presence of store staff.
Rebecca said: “We were in the store but we were nowhere near the shelf. When the toy fell we were just there looking at each other. It was a stable shelf.
“We have a bit of history. Strange things started happening about two months after we opened.
“Things started moving and falling. We were with the customers and they were saying they felt like they were being pulled or they were turning around and there was no one there or ‘they swore they saw a shadow so we started checking the CCTV.
“We walked in one day and there was a toy on the floor which we thought was odd as it looked like it had been placed there.
“We checked the CCTV and saw that it had just flown off the shelf and then spun on the floor for about three minutes.
“Then some customers came with their Alsatians and they really freaked out and wouldn’t go anywhere near that area. Their owners were saying they don’t usually behave like that.
“They’ve come many times before, but this time they were properly scared.”
Last Halloween, Rebecca called local ghost hunters who believe she senses the spirit of a man who lived in the building who is annoyed by the presence of staff.
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Rebecca said: “A few of the clients are ghost hunters so we did a charity session. It was weird as one of the hunters left the room there was a load of orbs that got him. followed and she was in distress.
“They think it’s a man who lived here. It’s been a store for 40 or 50 years, so we think it may have been bombed in the war, as Coventry was heavily bombed.
“They don’t think he’s mad, just a little annoyed that we’re here.
“Most of the time we are annoyed because we have to clean up but the staff don’t like to be alone here, normally I am the only one doing the checkout and people will be running out of the back room . They don’t want to be in there by themselves.”