Pet shop owner, city reach deal that keeps man from getting pet store license back

Bill Houston's fine, court costs dropped to $216

INDIANAPOLIS - A pet shop owner has reached an agreement with the city that prohibits him from operating or working as a supervisor or manager at another pet store that sells live animals in Marion County.

According to an order filed Friday, Bill Houston agreed that he won't appeal the revocation of his pet store license and won't apply for another one.

Houston had operated The Fish Bowl for more than 40 years. The agreement calls for Houston to forfeit all his animals to Animal Care and Control.

In exchange, a judge lowered Houston's fines from $33,000 to $216, including court costs.

Animal Care and Control officers raided the shop last month, citing dirty conditions and poor treatment of animals.

About 400 animals were confiscated from the shop after dead fish and lizards were found.

Under the agreement, Houston would still be permitted to sell pet supplies and equipment.

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