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PRINCETON, W. Va (WVVA) - WVVA has obtained new details on an alleged animal cruelty investigation of a pet shop in Mercer County.

Animal Control officers say they have received more than 15 complaints from residents within the past month regarding the condition of the Jungle Lagoon Pet Store on Stafford Drive in Princeton.

Inside the store, police and animal control officers say they found animals living in unclean and unsafe conditions-- like overcrowded cages with dirty bedding, little to no water, and unsanitary tanks.

Many of those animals were injured. 

Police add that the smell of ammonia and urine hit them on the way in. 

We spoke with a local veterinarian, Dr. April Munique, who treated the animals after they were confiscated from the shop.

She tells us that many of them were malnourished, bitten, and some even dead-- including a puppy found in the freezer. Pets had overgrown nails, respiratory infections, even skin lacerations. Munique says this is a direct result of the conditions in which they were found.

No charges have been filed against the store's owner at this time. That person's name has not been released.

Authorities haven't yet counted exactly how many animals they saved from the pet store Thursday, but they tell WVVA definitely a lot.

Officers tell WVVA this could be the biggest case they have ever seen.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting some of those animals, or even donating supplies to care for them, call the Mercer County Animal Shelter.

Animal Control Officer Tracy Monninger says her office worked closely with the USDA, Princeton Police Department, Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Building Inspection, and Mercer County Sheriff's Office. She said she would like to thank them for all of their help in the case.

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UPDATE: The following statement was posted Thursday evening to the Facebook page of Jungle Lagoon Pets and Supplies:

"Hello all we know everyone is asking what is going. All we can say is we are being investigated for animal crulity.

We have been advised to say nothing. Thanks for all of the support than has been sent our way. More to come we will try to post what we can.

Thank you staff

Jungle Lagoon"

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PRINCETON (WVVA) - A Mercer County pet store has been closed until further notice after unsafe living conditions for the animals are found inside, authorities tell WVVA News.

Mercer County Animal Control has received more than 15 complaints from residents within the past month regarding the condition of the Jungle Lagoon Pet Store on Stafford Drive in Princeton, authorities say.

On Thursday, the Mercer County Animal Shelter and the Mercer County Sheriff's Department completed an in-store investigation and found that the living conditions for the animals was not satisfactory.

All animals were being taken out of the store and transported to a veterinarian to determine their condition.

No charges are pending against the owners of the store at this time, however Detective Combs with the sheriff's department urges residents who have purchased a pet from the store that has required medical treatment after purchase to please call the sheriff's department or animal shelter.

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