Oregon Humane Society investigators Wednesday served a search warrant on the Circus World pet store at 1164 Southwest Coast Highway. Once inside and taking note of the animals’ living conditions, they removed every animal from the store including 11 puppies, dozens of birds, 60-70 mice and rats and 30 reptiles. They left the fish. The fish were later picked up and taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
All the animals are being transported to the Oregon Humane Society Hospital in Portland where they will be evaluated and cared for. They are considered evidence in an animal neglect allegation. THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.
Once examined by humane society veterinarians, a determination will be made whether formal charges should be brought against the owner(s) of the store. That decision will be made by Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett.
The Humane Society says complaints about the animals living in substandard conditions at Circus World had been coming in since last April. If convicted of animal neglect or other charges, the owner(s) of Circus World Pet Store could be barred from owning a pet store for at least five years.