200+ animals seized from Muncie pet store

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Feb 1, 2015 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

MUNCIE, Ind. –
A Muncie pet store is closed after animal welfare officials inspected and issued citations, seizing over 200 animals.

The animals, including rats, mice, birds, hamsters, snakes and others, were removed from Pet Shop and More in the 3000 block of N. Granville Avenue Friday afternoon. Some dead animals were also removed from the store.

“We’ve been out there so many times. We typically inspect once a year, but we’ve been out there four or five times in a year. Muncie deserves better than what they were offering,” said Muncie Animal Shelter Director Phil Peckinpaugh.

The problems inspectors noted include sanitary problems, health issues, and “just lack of care,” according to Peckinpaugh.

No arrests were made, but Peckinpaugh says he will meet with the Delaware County Prosecutor next week to discuss the possibility of criminal charges in connection with the case.

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