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Hundreds of dead animals found in Indianapolis pet store


Updated: March 15, 2013 9:13AM

INDIANAPOLIS — Animal control officials who raided an Indianapolis pet store that failed an annual inspection say they found hundreds of dead fish, lizards and other animals in filthy tanks and cages.

Animal Care and Control administrator Dan Shackle said the Fish Bowl Pet Center was given until March 8 to address violations after it failed an inspection last week. When it failed to do so officials began removing animals from the store Thursday, March 14.

Crews found hundreds of dead fish, lizards and other reptiles inside cramped, feces-filled cages or floating in tanks. Two live puppies and dozens of birds were confiscated.

Shackle says officials found 581 safety violations at the store, which opened 45 years ago. Owner Bill Houston’s license to operate the business has been suspended.

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