MACOMB, Ill. -- (WGHP) -- A pet store owner accused of leaving dozens of her animals to die inside a store with no electricity faces felony animal cruelty charges, according to WQAD.
Police arrested 38-year-old Jessica Spangler, of Avon, Illinois. She's charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after an investigation revealed 41 animals died as a result of her neglect – primarily rodents, birds and reptiles.
Another 56 animals, including two cats, survived and have been fostered.
Police said they found numerous dead and poorly cared for animals inside Macomb Pet Land while responding to complaints of a foul odor Saturday.
"Once officers entered the business they were overwhelmed by the smell of dead animals and ammonia," says Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker. Power had been shut off since May 14 because no one was paying the bills, authorities said.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Chief Barker said Spangler claimed not to know that the animals weren't being cared for, and said she had arranged for someone to check on them.
Spangler was booked into the McDonough County Jail, where she was released on a $10,000 bond.