HUNTINGTON — An exotic pet shop in Huntington is now closed after humane officers with the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter seized control of multiple animals Thursday due to conditions at the store.
S&S Reptiles and Exotics, located in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue in downtown Huntington, is charged with animal cruelty, said Jon Rutherford, animal control officer.
Rutherford said animal cages were not being kept up.
“It’s been an ongoing problem,” he said. “Images and everything had been brought to our attention. It was pretty bad looking. The smell is very foul. You can smell it from the parking garage. We had received a lot of complaints about that.”
Because the store houses some dangerous animals, particularly venomous snakes, the animals are being kept at the store. Animal control is the only entity to have access to the store at this time, Rutherford said.
S&S Reptiles and Exotics opened in June. Jason Sias, Evan Adkins and Kevin Smith were the owners and managers of the business.
The store sold exotic birds, tarantula spiders, scorpions, other invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles, including snakes, frogs, turtles, alligators and caimans.
The store owners have a court date Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Huntington Municipal Court. Rutherford said more information will be released then.
In West Virginia, animal cruelty is a misdemeanor charge unless the severity of the crime rises to torture, which is intentionally taking action to inflict pain.
The following information was provided by reports from the Huntington Police Department:
The Huntington Police Department listed four incident reports on a printout ending at 3 p.m. Thursday. The reports were not made available, so these are the only details known:
Breaking and entering, 11:19 p.m. Wednesday, 500 block of 8th Street.
Stolen auto, 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, 2400 block of 3rd Avenue.
Paraphernalia, intoxication or drinking in a public place, 11:44 a.m. Wednesday, 10th Street and 8 1/2 alley.
Petit larceny, 4:19 p.m. Oct. 21, 1800 block of Goodwill Road.
The following information was provided by booking records at the Western Regional Jail:
Brittany Renee Glover, 21, was jailed at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities in Cabell County charged her with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Bond was $25,000.
Janae Leeann Childers, 34, was jailed at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities in Wayne County charged her with being a fugitive from justice. Bond was not set.
Keith Edward Pauley, 45, was jailed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities in Wayne County charged him with being a fugitive from justice and obtaining money or property services by false pretenses. Bond was not set.
Tasha Lynn Adkins, 34, was incarcerated at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities in Cabell County charged her with conspiracy. Bond was $10,000.
Vernon Mitchell, 29, was incarcerated at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with conspiracy and obstructing. Bond was $15,000.
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