After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

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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