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New homes found for animals seized in Muncie

– The Muncie Animal Shelter has found new homes for the alligator, hedgehogs and other animals that authorities seized from a storefront, its director said.

The shelter by Friday evening had found places for all of the animals, Director Phil Peckinpaugh told The Star Press for a story published Sunday. The last of them were expected to leave the shelter on Monday.

The animals seized Wednesday from a strip mall including a foot-long alligator, snakes, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, birds, lizards, three hermit crabs, a frog and 541 mice.

Some of the animals, including the two hedgehogs and parakeets, were being adopted locally by people experienced in caring for those breeds, Peckinpaugh said.

The alligator, turtles and other reptiles were being taken in by a Hamilton County man who provides educational programs for schools, he said.

The mice were not as fortunate: Peckinpaugh said they were going to what he called a well-respected bird/raptor rehabilitation center where “they will be used for the birds’ consumption.”

A building inspector on Wednesday discovered the menagerie. A man also living in the storefront told police he had hoped to open a pet shop. Police say he might face ordinance violations but not criminal charges.

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Information from: The Star Press.

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