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Police say 41 animals found dead in Illinois pet shop

MACOMB, Ill. – Authorities say that 41 small animals were found dead in a closed pet shop in western Illinois where the electricity had shut down.

Macomb police chief Curt Barker said Tuesday that the police received a complaint on Saturday about Macomb Pet Land, where agents face with an overwhelming smell of dead animals and ammonia. The dead animals included rabbits, hamsters, snakes, and mice. No dogs or cats died.

Barker says 56 animals were found alive and placed in a foster home.

He says that the store the power was closed on May 14 for the non-payment of bills.

The shop owner faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals. Baker says that she told the police she had arranged for someone else to care for the animals.

Macomb is about 60 miles (95 km) west of Peoria.

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