Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 30, 2013

Dead dog found in a freezer during search of local pet store


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON —  A dead dog found next to pet food in a freezer was just one of the things investigators found during a search of a Mercer County pet store.

Mercer County Animal Control Officer Tracy Monniger said officers discovered between 80 and 100 animals in deplorable conditions during a raid on the Jungle Lagoon Pet Store in Princeton.

“We found a dead dog in the freezer next to food and frozen mice,” she said. “The smell of the entire place was pretty bad. The cages were unclean. Some of the animals had no water or food. Many of the animals had injuries and some had been gnawing on each other.”

While many of the animals seized from the store are in custody, Monniger said many of the cats taken from the store are still in need of fosters. Monniger said anyone interested in caring for one of the cats can call the Mercer County Animal Shelter at 304-425-2838 or stop by the shelter to pick up a foster application.

“We are also asking anyone who adopted or purchased any animals from this store that was sick, became sick or died to contact Mercer County Animal Control,” she said.

Monniger said officials with Mercer County Animal Control, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Police Department and members of the local U.S. Department of Agriculture all participated in the search and seizure of animals Thursday.

Monniger said the investigation into the incident remains ongoing.