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Case ID: 18537
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull), rodent/small mammal (pet), marine animal (pet)
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Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011

County: Lincoln

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Name Undisclosed

Oregon Humane Society investigators raided a Newport pet store Wednesday, rescuing more than 100 animals that they say were neglected.

The owners of Circus World Pets and More were not giving their dogs, reptiles, fish and mice proper care, according to authorities.

The animals are considered evidence right now and are not up for adoption. The Humane Society says that could be a possibility in the future once the investigation is complete.

Animal cruelty investigators say some of the animals did not have the proper diet, others were in the wrong temperature and fish weren't in the right type of water.

The investigation started in April, when the Humane Society received numerous complaints of possible neglect at the business.

They say they went to the pet store to give the owners tips on how to properly care for the animals.

Several months later, investigators say, the conditions did not improve, so they obtained a search warrant and removed all the animals from the pet store.

"It's very disappointing, disheartening to me knowing they're not getting the proper care. Because eventually, if they don't get the proper care, it could lead to death," said Humane Society investigator Wendy Reimer.

"We bring our kids here probably two or three times a week, and I've never seen any problems," said Patrick Porter, a customer at the pet store.

The owners could be cited for animal neglect or abuse, which could cause them to lose the right to own animals.


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