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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