Pet shop raided, 800 animals need permanent places to stay

Pet shop raided, 800 animals need permanent places to stay

Wayne County Animal Control agents seized around 800 small animals from a pet shop in Smithville on Friday, Jan. 16.

Art and Eileen Beery are the owners of Critters, a store specializing in what may best be described by the store's name: critters. The store is divided into two sections: the retail side and the back area where Eileen breeds the critters. All the animals were taken from the back area. Art Beery told us it was, "her breeding stock that she spent decades in developing the genetics."

Complaints about ammonia levels prompted the seizure of the critters, which included mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and birds.

The pet shop surrendered the animals. They are now being cared for by Wayne County Humane Society, which angers Art.

"They've got 'em up for adoption already. If they were in such poor health why would they be up for adoption?" asks Art.

He says he was never given a chance to fix problems before the sheriff's raid.

Officials with the sheriff's department say they have teamed up with organizations in surrounding counties to help with care and placement.

WCHS staff and volunteers are assessing the condition of the animals at the shelter and will be offering extended hours to facilitate adoptions, starting on Monday, January 19.

They are asking for monetary donations to help offset the cost of the care for the animals. Additional volunteers are needed at the shelter to help clean cages and care for the seized animals.

Can you help? Please visit their website, call us, or stop by the shelter for donation and volunteer information.

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