AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — An Aurora pet store with a checkered past has been shut down by the city because of delinquent tax payments.
The Aurora Tax and Licensing Department confirms it shut down the “Pet City” pet store Tuesday.
The store is housed inside the Town Center at Aurora mall.
A city spokesman says the owner is responsible for $86,000 in back taxes.
A total of 45 puppies, six rabbits, nine hamsters and 18 mice were removed from the store and are being cared for at the city shelter.
“The animals were taken out of the pet shop,” said Trevor Vaughn, Aurora manager of Tax and Licensing. “We didn’t feel it was practical to leave them in there, given the unique nature of what it is: live animals. We wanted to make sure they receive proper, professional care.”
Because it is a legal case, none of the animals are eligible for adoption, but at some point, that could become a “potential option.”