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After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

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The owner of an Indianapolis pet store that was raided last month by Animal Care and Control has reached a legal agreement that prevents him from selling live animals.

Bill Houston, who has operated The Fish Bowl at 2101 East Michigan St. for 45 years, agreed not to try to get his pet-dealing license restored or apply for another one, Fox59 has reported.

The license was suspended last month after animal control officers found 581 safety violations at the store. Officers discovered hundreds of dead fish, lizards and other reptiles inside cramped, feces-filled cages or floating in tanks. Two live puppies and dozens of birds were confiscated.

Houston faced thousands of dollars in penalties, but a Marion County judge lowered the fine to $216.

In exchange, Houston agreed never to own or manage a store in Marion County that sells live animals. He also forfeited the rights to the confiscated animals.

The Fish Bowl remains open as a pet-supply store.
 

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  • Slap on the Hand!
    Geez! That many dead sentient beings whose lives are only worth $216 collectively and that isn't even taking into consideration the animals that suffered or were rescued on the brink of death. Great justice system we have here!
  • Too Lenient
    So the guy has to pay a whopping $216 and is free to open another pet store in Hancock or Hamilton County? That fee doesn't even cover one of the rescuers time spent cleaning up his filthy store. Lesson definitely learned here - NOT. Or maybe just ambiguity in the reporting?
  • Good job, now do more good.
    I don't think DCE does a very good job, in general, enforcing code issues. They typically seek to address the simplest, easiest to enforce and prosecute issues, while often ignoring anything more complicated, regardless of impact on quality of life for the rest of the community. But kudos to DCE for actually taking this action, although one might guess that it could've been done years ago. Now, keep up the good work and start addressing more complicated issues like illegal conversions of houses and doubles to multiple tiny apartments that violate zoning and building codes.

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