- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A condemned animal rescue operation in western Michigan that was overrun with rats won’t be allowed to reopen at the same location.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1IbJ4hk ) the Fruitport Township Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday found Christine Lea Bishop violated terms of a special zoning variance that had been granted to her in 2013 for the Critter Cafe Rescue.

The board says she had more animals than she could control at the rented home. Hundreds of rats have been removed since last month.

Bishop ran the rescue and has said the rat population started with a cage of pet rats left outside the building in winter. Rabbits, ducks and cats also were cared for at the animal rescue.

The property’s owner worked with officials to deal with the rats.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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