BURNSIDE, Ky. (AP) – Police and members of the Humane Society have removed 150 neglected animals from a southern Kentucky pet store.
Local authorities in Pulaski County, including the Burnside Police Department, served a search warrant against the Tim’s Reptiles and Exotics pet store on Wednesday morning. A press release from the Humane Society of Kentucky said dozens of “snakes, lizards, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and fish have been found living in unsanitary conditions.”
Todd Blevins, Kentucky director for the Humane Society, called the store a “shop of horrors.”
The owner of the pet store has been charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty, according to the Humane Society.
The group said most of the animals in the store did not have access to food or clean water, the aquariums were dark, and the guinea pigs and turtles shared the same enclosure.
The animals will be cared for with the help of groups of volunteers.
News 2’s sister station in Lexington identified the arrested owner as Timothy Lorraine.