Pet Shop Owner Arrested On 126 Counts Of Animal Abuse

The owner of a pet shop in Surprise, Arizona has been booked on 126 counts of animal abuse.

Christopher Novak was arrested after 160 dead or neglected reptiles were found at his store by deputies.

Authorities believe the reptiles were left for a three-week period without food, water and care. The power was turned off in the store in 110 degree heat.

Novak told investigators that he got lazy and didn’t go to the store during that time because he thought the reptiles would be fine.

15 tortoises, 10 turtles, and 13 lizards survived from the three weeks of neglect. They were turned over to the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

Novak’s arrest is believed to be the first in Arizona for alleged animal cruelty involving reptiles.

Source: Arizona Central

(Thanks Shaun and Jeff6542)

8 Responses to “Pet Shop Owner Arrested On 126 Counts Of Animal Abuse”

  1. Chaoslillith says:

    Wow, just wow……………………………………………….

    Speechless

  2. G in INdiana says:

    When we had at home pets, like lizards, snakes, and tarantulas, we always arranged for someone to come in and at least make sure the heater or A/C was on. Twice a day.
    This was a person’s business and I bet if the “merchandise” had been computers or some other high dollar items, he would have made sure the A/C was working.
    The lack of common sense, lack of conscience, and lack of empathy for other creatures that cognizant (or supposedly so) humans display has ceased to amaze me. Now I almost expect it as the norm. Sad thing to say, isn’t it.

  3. pat says:

    this is unimaginable. think for a few moments what it must have been like to be one of those animals, starving and baking in that store, with all the other animals dying around them. nightmarish.

    i hope that he serves jail time, preferably in high summer, and that the guards “get lazy” and forget to allow him eat for awhile… not long enough to starve him, but long enough for him to be truly hungry. oh, and i hope some reptile bites the livin crap out of him someday too… preferably a venomous one.

  4. Lynn says:

    And this dispicable creature owns a pet shop, of all things.

    And to think there was a time when I thought everyone who owned a pet shop was in the business because they loved pets.

    I wish cops would make it a point to swing by pet shops in their neck of the woods. They shouldn’t have to do this. But it seems like it’s time to start putting the unscrupulous pet shop owners out of business.

  5. mittens says:

    this just brings to mind the pee wee herman movie where he runs into a burning pet shop to save all the animals and comes out last with the snakes and faints… even pee wee who hated snakes saved them.

    if you don’t know how to care for them yourself you shouldn’t be allowed to sell them. most reptiles require specialized care and to be honest few people who acquire them( mostly ‘ because they’re cool’ )really know how to properly care for them( example: mr. i got drunk and tried to see how far a could get a poisonous snake down my throat). sadly most of the people i knew in the late 80s early 90s, the highpoint of reptile as goth/alternative fashion acccessory before ferrets took over, ended up neglecting them. i was involved in one particularly tragic ‘ intervention’ involving a cruel , abusive reptile hoarder. i personally took all the completely freaked out mammals and birds in this freak’s liar but having no desire to raise tarantulas and boas i left them to others.

    frankly i think it’s inappropriate in most cases to have such things as ‘pets’ in tiny glass boxes -it seems abusive in it’s own right.but such is human nature in it’s endless pursuit of controlling other life forms and calling it ‘ appreciation’ .

  6. nora says:

    This only brings to light the question…”What other animals have suffered or died at this cruel lazy persons hands and never discovered. After all, his business is a “PETSHOP. This person should never be allowed to even own an animal again, Mammal or reptile, let alone have a Petshop!!!!!

  7. JJ in IL says:

    Lets lock him in a room for couple of weeks w/a small bowl of water, no food and no air conditioning and see how long he lasts - oh and make sure the temperature is the same as he let those poor creatures bake in too! Or we could just lock him up inside a car but he’d not have a bathroom, but so what….

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