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Indy pet store raid finds hundreds of dead animals

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An Indianapolis pet store where hundreds of dead fish, lizards and other animals were found in filthy tanks and cages could face fines of more than $1 million.

Animal control officials removed animals from the Fish Bowl Pet Center Thursday after the owner failed to address violations following a failed inspection last week.

Crews found animals inside cramped, feces-filled cages or floating in tanks. Two live puppies and dozens of birds were confiscated.

The Indianapolis Star reports the shop was cited for 581 care and treatment violations. Each carries a maximum $2,500 fine. That means owner Bill Houston could have to pay more than $1.4 million.

The store opened 45 years ago. Houston's license to operate the business has been suspended.



Posted 3/15/2013