41 animals found dead in Illinois pet store, police say

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MACOMB, Ill. — Authorities say 41 small animals were found dead inside a closed pet store in western Illinois where the electricity had been disconnected.

Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker said Tuesday that police received a complaint on Saturday about Macomb Pet Land, where officers faced an overwhelming smell of dead animals and ammonia. The dead animals included rabbits, hamsters, snakes and mice. No dogs or cats died.

Barker says 56 animals were found alive and placed in foster care.

He says the store's power was shut off May 14 for non-payment of bills.

According to WQAD, the store's owner, 38-year-old Jessica Spangler, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals

Baker says she told police she had arranged for someone else to care for the animals.

Macomb is about 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Peoria.

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