700 animals seized from Newport pet store

700 animals seized from Newport pet store

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by JEFF THOMPSON, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 7 at 11:14 PM

PORTLAND -- A Newport man faces 30 animal neglect charges after nearly 700 animals were seized from his pet store last month, the Oregon Humane Society reported Friday.

Background: Newport pet rescue largest ever for OHS

Investigators charged Joe Wilson, the owner of Circus World Pets in Newport, with four counts of first-degree animal neglect and 26 counts of second-degree animal neglect, according to Barbara Baugnon with OHS.

OHS had been investigating the store since April, when the agency received several complaints about conditions inside the store.

Photos: Newport pet rescue

Investigators in September served a search warrant and seized nearly 700 animals, including 500 fish.

OHS is commissioned by the Oregon governor to investigate animal cruelty crimes in the state.

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