SPOKANE VALLEY – SCRAPS told KREM 2 News on Monday that it is opening a criminal investigation into the alleged abandonment of the animals there.
SCRAPS says officers went to the pet store several times and checked on the animals as recent as October. They won’t comment any further on the case because of the investigation.
All of the animals inside the pet store were rescued over the weekend, after the property owner opened the store up for help. A number of people stopped by on Saturday to give the pets food, water and new homes.
The property owner, Joe Mayo, says the owner of Evergreen Pet hadn’t paid rent since July after the Department of Revenue revoked their license.
The owner of Evergreen Pet sent KREM 2 News a response via email. The owners said that since the store was forced to close in early August they have had personnel in on a daily basis. They said at the end of last week the landlord changed the locks and they were no longer able to get in.
Mayo told KREM 2 News the owners owed him months in back rent, so they signed the contents of the business over to him on Friday. That's when Mayo changed the locks. When Mayo went inside he discovered the store in such disarray and found the animals in deplorable living conditions.
On Monday KREM 2 News returned to Evergreen Pet to check on conditions. All of the animals have been rescued. The property owner confirmed that there were roughly 200 animals inside the store; that included reptiles, mice, rats and some cats. About a dozen of the rats and mice died.