Polk County sheriff's deputies found eight dead animals at a pet store that had its electricity turned off for five days because the owner failed to pay the electric bill.
Diana Cabrera, owner of Noah's Ark Exotic Pets, 3632 U.S. Highway 92 E., Lakeland, said she was out of town but had asked someone to take care of the pets at the store while she was away, the sheriff's office said.
The sheriff's office received a call Monday regarding dead animals at the store. When the sheriff's animal control arrived, the owner of the strip mall allowed investigators into the store.
The temperature inside the store was more than 100 degrees and deputies found eight dead animals, including a lizard, a duck, a rabbit, two exotic birds and three chickens. Investigators found more than 50 other animals alive, but they had no water in their cages, deputies said..." More