Hundreds of animals seized from west Columbus pet shop, owner’s home


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - More than 200 animals were removed from a pet store and the owner’s home in Franklin County on Thursday.

According to Columbus Humane, agents executed two search warrants at the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street and the owner’s residence on Demorest Road.

Authorities began removing the animals from both properties after a months-long investigation.

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Columbus Humane said they received multiple complaints of improper caring for the animals’ well-being.

Columbus Humane CEO Rachel Finney said about 100 reptiles, more than 90 dogs and puppies and more than 50 livestock animals (turkeys, goats, pigs) were taken from both properties.

Finney described the scene as disturbing and said the conditions of many animals were devastating.

She added that a large number of animal remains were also found.

All of the animals have been taken to Columbus Humane for further evaluations and care.

Finney said they will soon share a list of supplied needed to care for all of the animals.

Charges will be filed against the owner but they are currently not in custody.

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