Pet shop owner agrees to deal after raid

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INDIANAPOLIS – A pet shop owner agreed to a deal that prevents him from managing another pet store in Marion County that handles live animals.

According to the agreement filed on Friday, Bill Houston won’t try to get his pet license restored and won’t apply for another one.

Houston had operated The Fish Bowl on East Michigan Street for more than 40 years, but Animal Care and Control officers raided the shop last month. After citing concerns about the conditions and treatment of the animals, the shop was closed and Houston’s license revoked. About 400 animals were confiscated; some were found dead.

Houston surrendered the animals to Animal Care and Control as part of the deal.

In exchange, a judge lowered Houston’s fine from $33,000 to $216. He’ll still be allowed to work in a pet store, but he can’t own or manage one.

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