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Animal Care Services issues warrant to local pet shop owner

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Posted at 1:33 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 16:53:45-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas —

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services served a warrant to the owner of a pet store that operates out of the Corpus Christi Trade Center early Friday morning.

The warrant is a result of multiple complaints ACS received from shoppers there. Officers said lizards, birds, rabbits and a hedgehog have been living in deplorable conditions. One complaint was concerning a dead rabbit in a cage.

When officers arrived Friday morning, there was no food or water for the rabbits. Rabbits were seen trying to drink out of the empty bottles connected to their cages.

KRIS 6 News also witnessed a plastic container full of urine in a cage with two rabbits.

Pending investigation by Animal Care Services, the owner could face charges for animal cruelty.

Mike Gillis, Director of Animal Care Services, said officers have visited the pet store on multiple occasions. The owners were given specific instructions to improve living conditions for the animals.

ACS officers tell us the owners did not comply, resulting in Friday’s warrant to seize the animals.

KRIS 6 News requested an interview with the owner while on site, but he declined to comment.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates on air and online at KRIS 6 News.