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Kerman Illegal Pet Store In Garage Shut Down

KERMAN, Calif. (KMPH) - A pet store operating illegally in Kerman was shut down Wednesday by Liberty Animal Control of Fresno County.  Miguel Animal Sales has been operating out of his garage for months.  But Kerman Police and Liberty Animal Control shut it down because it feared more than 100 animals could die due to triple digit heat in the Valley and because the garage has no air conditioning. 

Animal control hauled out cockatiels, finch and love birds along with a few dozen rabbits.  Liberty Animal Control President Dan Bailey gave the owner Jose Miguel Rodriguez two choices, give up the animals or face charges.  "Seems to be selling at the swap meets and stuff like that which is illegal to be selling animals at a swap meet."

Rodriguez also had several turtles which are illegal to sell if the shell is less than four inches in diameter.  A building inspector for the City of Kerman said he is also in violation of numerous city codes by having so many animals on his property.  The only pets that died in the garage were a few fish and a scorpion.  

With temperatures climbing to triple digits in the Valley, more animals could have died.  That's why animal control carried out Wednesday's surprise inspection.

More than 100 animals are now up for adoption at Liberty Animal Control of Fresno County.  
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