LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Eight animals have died after they were left inside a central Florida pet store without water and electricity. Authorities have rescued dozens of surviving animals.
A caller spotted the dead animals inside Noah's Ark Exotic Pets on Monday. Polk County Sheriff's deputies found dead birds and chickens, and a dead rabbit, duck and lizard.
Deputies said the electricity had been shut off for five days due to an unpaid bill, meaning temperatures inside the store reached more than 100 degrees. Store owner Diana Cabrera said she was out of town when the power went out. It's unclear who was in charge during her absence.
Birds, hamsters, chickens, a turtle, a duck and two geckos were among the surviving animals.