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Officers Find Dead Animals at Dave's Family Feed and Pet Supply

Dozens of animals were seized after a search warrant was served on the business Wednesday.

San Diego Humane Society officials seized more than 30 birds, rodents and reptiles from a Lemon Grove pet store that were allegedly left inside the closed business for days, organization officials said Friday.

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement served a search warrant at Dave's Family Feed and Pet Supply on Broadway on Wednesday after receiving complaints that the store had allegedly closed for business with several animals left inside, according to humane society spokeswoman Kelli Herwehe.

Officials seized 16 birds, 11 chickens, rodents and reptiles, including a python snake, Herwehe said.

The search turned up half a dozen dead animals and other animals that were allegedly housed in unhealthy conditions and were often left without water, Humane Law Enforcement Director Randy Lawrence said.

"Our humane officers will review the evidence collected during the search and file charges, which could potentially include California Health and Safety Code violations and potential animal cruelty and neglect," Lawrence said.

The animals will receive full veterinary exams and care at the San Diego Humane Society and will remain in its care until the case is reviewed for possible prosecution.

The store owner's name was not released, pending possible charges, Herwehe said.

The animals are not available for adoption at this time, she said.

—City News Service

Livi August 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Geez, sometimes I wonder who are the real animals.. their was a reason I did not like this store.. I went once.. I did not like the service and over priced items.. never went back ..so sad for the animals
Alan Carlson August 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Same owners as the old Daves feed where the Honda dealer is now??? Cannot belive they would do this.
Carol Weiss August 03, 2012 at 08:43 PM
How sad for anyone to leave animals in this condition, much less a pet store that should be looking out for their well being. I hope the animals are never returned to them.
Lisa Hofman August 03, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I knew there was something off about that store. We used to by our dog food there, but was really put off by the odd hours and especially the young woman that worked there. Not right. It is really too bad they could of been really successful. The pet store a few doors down is way over priced. I go to San Diego Pet Supply downtown, best place by far, check it out.
Lemongrovelocal August 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Sad. Hope the surviving animals find good homes.
Damami August 04, 2012 at 02:08 AM
No, Dave retired & left the business to family members... the store was never the same after the fire...
B-Cat August 04, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Lock the bastard in a cell with no air, no water, and nothing to eat. The court system is going to slap his hand and thats it. People of Lemon Grove must rally against this and when this goes to court find out who the presiding judge is, and let him/her know that your there.
LemonGroove August 04, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I believe the building that used to house Dave's Feed years ago is still there, just east of the Honda dealership, but they had to move because Caltrans told them they had to years ago. Old Dave's Feed was always a good place to take the kids, get good advice and get some chicks or ducklings. I went in to this new place once, when it just opened, and saw old products and high prices. Never went back. It is a real shame that this happened. I would like to point out that if the City code enforcement was doing it's job, this might have been caught a lot earlier. The sign was trashed and their storefront was a disaster. Having a place that houses and sells animals next to a doughnut shop, can't be legal. The owner of the building should get some pride and actually try to make the building a nicer place to do business, they too should have checked into the signs. Actually, people charged with animal cruelty usually get tougher penalties than they would if they treated humans the same. Shame on them.
apearl August 25, 2012 at 02:18 PM
i dont understand why they havent picked these people up..i work near there..an they walk around with out a care in the world..as well as open the store an sit in front..it makes me so mad that they seem to have gotten away with all this ...
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