Dozens of animals found dead in pet store

Dozens of animals dead after being abandoned in pet store

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A grim discovery was made inside of an Illinois pet store where dozens of animals were apparently abandoned. According to multiple sources, dozens of animals perished inside of the Macomb Pet Land, where power had been cut off (for non-payment) since May 14. On Saturday, officers entered the building following a report that the business was closed, but animals were still trapped inside.

Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker described the initial scene inside of the pet store:

Once officers entered the business, they were overwhelmed with the smell of dead animals and the smell of ammonia.

Some of the abandoned animals managed to survive. WGEM reports that 56 animals were discovered alive and they have been removed for care.

The animals who did not survive

The animals who did not survive the abandonment include: eight rabbits, one gerbil, five hamsters, 10 snakes, three hermit crabs, three tarantulas, one lizard, one rat, one guinea pig, one cockatiel, five mice, two degus, and an “unknown number of fish.“

The woman facing charges

The authorities have arrested 38-year-old Jessica Spangler, of Avon Illinois. Spangler is facing charges for aggravated animal cruelty. Spangler claims that someone was supposed to be caring for the animals who were left inside of the pet store, reports WQAD.

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15 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    The owner couldn’t back and keep taking care of them or ask for help? She just lets them suffer? how disgusting.

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  2. Adrienne says:

    She is probably a liar because wouldn’t you check to make sure someone was indeed taking care of them. She abandoned those animals and should suffer the consequences.

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  3. Bunny Peters says:

    OMG: I don’t have the words to express my absolute horror at this situation….. It is a heartbreaking thought that precious little treasures like these survivors are not beloved family members (& die alone, in pain, afraid and worst of all, unloved)…..

    All I can say is RIP precious treasures….. so sorry humans failed you so horribly…. all lives are treasures….. I hope the survivors heal and can be adopted into loving furever families where they will be loved and appreciated……

    I pray that Saint Francis looks after these precious little treasures…….

    This POS who abandoned these precious treasures has a reserved space in Hell where she will burn forever for her cruelty….. let’s all hope she gets there ASAP(after dying unloved, alone, afraid and in pain)……

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  4. Tina Weber says:

    ARE YOU NOT ALL THERE IN THE HEAD JESSICA SPANGLER, OR WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS, MORE LIKE IGNORANT STUPID AND WORTHLESS! NOW I PRAY U GET UR KARMA! THEPUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIME!! I HOPE THIS MONSTER ROTTS IN HELL FOR ETERNITY WITH ALL THE OTHERS THAT HURT ANIMALS! SCUMBAGS!!

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  5. pennysdachshunds says:

    What a TOTAL CRETIN!!!! This LITTLE BITCh KNEW THERE WAS NO oNE caring for these little creatures !!! Fowl , reptile, canine, feline !!! THEY are ALL LIVING , BREATHING and SUFFERING WHILE YOU STAYED AWAY… YOU Should be given at the very LEAST 5 years in the pen… HOW CAN YOU LOOK AT YOURSELF in the mirror know HOW TERRIFIC they SUFFERED PRIOR TO ACTUAL DEATH AND PEACE!!!

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  6. Jan Barnes says:

    Maximum prosecution for the murder of 40+ innocent animals! Seriously hope karma and hell come swiftly!

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  7. Pamela Garlisch says:

    People will say anything they have to so they don’t have to accept responsibility for their actions. Seems like this is the way the world is going, nobody wants to say they made a mistake and accept the consequences.

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  8. Nancy Raymond says:

    Jessica Spangler – you have proven yourself to be the lowest form of human life – to just leave these animals to die because you were too damn lazy to get them out, call for help or do one thing to save those who were at your mercy. O lady, no authority will give you what you truly deserve – so hopefully, there is an encounter with an 18 wheeler in your very near future – seeing you splattered all over a highway would be justice for those you literally murdered.

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    • Sheri says:

      Well said!! DAMN WORTHLESS POS TRASH HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL FOR ETERNITY!!
      Will the system ever punish those ANIMAL ABUSERS as the MURDERS THEY ARE??!! THEY ARE LIVING, BREATHING BEINGS JUST LIKE WE ARE!! THEY DO MATTER.????

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