South Dakota pet store owner facing animal neglect charges

Posted at 9:35 AM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 09:35:11-04

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The owner of a South Dakota pet store that was raided by authorities last month is facing more than 200 charges of animal cruelty and neglect.

Animal control officers acting on an anonymous complaint found 36 dead animals and squalid conditions at the Pitter Patter Pet Store in Rapid City. It hadn't yet opened for business. They seized 90 living animals, including dogs, cats, hamsters and guinea pigs in the Aug. 16 raid.

The Rapid City Journal says 38-year-old Marinda Parks now faces 203 municipal charges. Animal Services and Enforcement officer Kelsey Harty says investigators had to wear masks during the raid because of the stench.

Parks' attorney, Timothy Rensch, hasn't responded to a message seeking comment.