Dead Animals Discovered at Shuttered Coastal Pet Shop

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    Maintenance workers cleaning up at Round Up Pet Supply in Scotts Valley discovered dead fish, rats and other small critters after the store closed its doors for the last time in February.

    A slew of dead animals found at a shuttered pet store in Santa Cruz has prompted an investigation into whether there was neglect at the shop.

    Maintenance workers cleaning up at Round Up Pet Supply in Scotts Valley discovered dead fish, rats and other small critters after the store closed its doors for the last time in February.

    The property manager of the shopping center where the shop is located also found a tree frog, a catfish and four rodents in dead in their cages Wednesday morning. They found 18 goldfish, two crayfish, two Thai crabs, and two saltwater snails alive in the store.

    "We started noticing live fish in the tanks with dead fish," maintenance worker Nate Urbanlic told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. "This is kind of gross. It's sad, too."

    If the owners are determined to be at fault, they could be charged with crimes against animals and animal neglect.

    Photo from PKMousie via Flickr.