Power Outage Decimates Pet Store
Dozens of animals die after store owner fails to pay power bill.
Dozens of animals are dead after the power was shut off to a FLorida pet store.
Investigators say the owner of "Noah's Ark Exotic Pets" in Polk County was out of town and hadn't paid her power bill.
She says she'd left a caretaker in charge of the store.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the situation.
"They had no food, no water available to them at all. There was no power. It was 100 plus degrees inside that building when we got there," said Lt. Steve Hortsman. "First thing our officers did was provide food and water that we could find, and if we didn't get there when we did, maybe a day or more we'd have had maybe double the amount of dead animals that we did."
The surviving animals have been surrendered to Polk County Animal Control.
Deputies are still searching for the person allegedly left in charge of the store during the owner's absence.