- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Muncie officials say they’re still trying to find homes for nearly 300 animals several days after the shutdown of a local pet shop.

Muncie Animal Shelter Director Phil Peckinpaugh says he and animal control officers responded to complaints of unsanitary conditions at Pet Shop and More on Friday. He says they made the decision to shut the store down after discovering animals in dirty cages without adequate food and water.

Peckinpaugh says officials found between 50 and 60 dead animals. He tells WISH-TV that 289 live animals were removed from the pet shop and brought to the Muncie Animal Shelter.

Peckinpaugh says he hopes to place each animal with an adoptive family or rescue organization.

Criminal charges could be filed this week against the pet shop’s owner.

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