200 animals rescued from Muncie pet shop

MUNCIE, Ind. - A Muncie pet store was shut down after it was raided by Muncie Animal Control on Friday.

Officials rescued more than 200 animals from Pet Shop and More that were not properly cared for.

The director of Muncie Animal Control said his staff found deplorable conditions at the store with dead animals stacked on top of other dead animals and feces.

"It was horrible and the smell was probably the worst part of it, it was so overpowering and I’m used to it, I work at an animal shelter, so for me to say it was a horrible smell, it had to be pretty bad," Phil Peckinpaugh said.

Peckinpaugh said every animal in the shop was lacking food and water.

Muncie Animal Control has been keeping a close eye on the shop for a while. Authorities said the shop had a history of serious problems for many years.

"I don't think this is something that just happened overnight. I think this is a pattern of behavior and today was the day we decided we're not going to put up with it anymore and we're not going to give them time to correct anything. Enough is enough," Peckinpaugh said.

The rescued animals included birds, snakes, a bearded dragon, a ferret and hundreds of rodents.

"We're sending out a message to people in Muncie that if you are going to abuse an animal and you are going to do things like this, it will no longer be tolerated," Peckinpaugh said.

Peckinpaugh said his office will work with local law enforcement to determine if charges will be filed in the case.

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