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Pet store animals inside Trade Center seized by City

Posted at 1:02 AM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 02:02:54-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dozens of animals were seized from a pet store inside the Corpus Christi Trade Center Friday morning.
The owner of Pets and More Plus could be face animal cruelty charges.

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services says they had received multiple calls about the poor living conditions for the animals.

“This stemmed from a bunch of complaints that Animal Care Services received in reference to some animals being overcrowded,” said Lt. Michael Pena of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

One complaint even mentioned a *dead rabbit in a cage. ACS opened an investigation weeks ago on the shop that sells birds, lizards, rabbits and hedgehogs. After multiple visits, officers ordered the owner to make changes such as finding more space for the animals and offer better care.

During a check up Friday, officers say they found the rabbits had no food or water.

Animal Care Services said he did not comply, resulting in Friday's seizure of dozens of animals.

“Following (the seizure) they will do an investigation and determine whether there's enough for criminal charges,” Pena said.

The pet store owner will have to go to court. He says he'll prove he was taking care of the animals diligently.