Pet store faces several counts for inhumane treatment of animals

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The city says there are three provisions in city code that the Pitter Patter Pet Store is up against in this investigation.

There are 102 counts of both inhumane treatment and care of animals, and 1 count on the maintenance of the facility where the animals were kept.
there is also an impoundment authority that gave authorities the right to seize the animals.

The city says the bottom line is that they are doing everything they can to make sure animals are never mistreated.

"No matter whether it's one or a handful or in this case, more than a hundred animals animals, we take that care very seriously of animals and so we have codes in the place that provide for the protection and care of animals and creatures," said Darrell Shoemaker, communications for Rapid City."

Shoemaker says the investigation on Pitter Patter is currently active.
animal control officers are still putting reports together which will move through the City Attorney's Office.

he says penalties will be up to the judge and they include up to a maximum fine of $122 dollars per count and/or a maximum of 30 days in jail per count.