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updated: 8/7/2014 8:51 AM

Police: Muncie man living with 600 animals

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MUNCIE, Ind. -- Police and animal shelter officials will remove more than 600 animals from a Muncie storefront.

The Star Press reports that a building commissioner on Wednesday discovered a man at a strip mall with a collection of animals including an alligator, two hedgehogs and more than 500 mice.

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Police say the owner was living there and will likely face ordinance violations but not criminal charges. He isn't affiliated with a nearby pet store but police say he hoped to open a pet shop.

The state Department of Natural Resources accompanied police to see if his four turtles are legal in Indiana. The animals also included snakes, hermit crabs, hamsters and a parrot.

A veterinarian says some of the animals aren't in good health. Officials found about 80 dead mice.

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