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Code Violations at Pet Facility

KSAL StaffOctober 24, 2014

The owner of an animal boarding facility is investigated for city code violations at her business.

Salina’s Animal Service Supervisor Vanessa Cowie, tells KSAL News that a search warrant was used at Playful Pets, located at 330 North 9th Thursday.

Officers found numerous animals including 18 cats, 14 dogs and 3 pot belly pigs on the premises.

Cowie says some were in crowded conditions, “It was varied because they were housed in different rooms and different types of cages. Some of them were in poor condition as far as excessive feces.”

Cowie added that officers found 16 cats sharing one litter box in a room, but commented that none of the animals were found undernourished.

Police say charges are pending against 50-year-old Stephanie Pankratz for failure to have proper city permits. Police report that Pankratz was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a municipal court charge related to city code violations at her previous business location at 700 Ohio Court.

During the search at the facility on North 9th, officers found 7 birds, 4 rabbits, 5 rats, 18 cats, 14 dogs and 3 pot belly pigs which are classified as exotic animals and not allowed in Salina city limits.

Authorities are still trying to make contact with 3 dog owners whose pets were removed from the facility and are being housed at the Salina Animal Shelter.

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