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Charges filed against local pet shop owner

Charges have been filed against a local pet shop owner who had hundreds of animals removed from both his shop and home in the Grove City area.

Douglas L. DeVaul, 49, has had 24 misdemeanor charges filed against him in Franklin County Municipal Court following a raid on his home and pet shop. According to Columbus Humane around 100 reptiles, more than 90 dogs and puppies and more than 50 turkeys, goats and pigs, were taken from both of his properties during a search warrant executed on Aug. 13. Several animal remains were discovered as well.

DeVaul’s Demorest Road Home

Authorities began investigating DeVaul and Petting Zoo Pet Shop, located at 3578 W. Broad St., several month prior to the warrants after they had received multiple complaints about his shop and his home on Demorest Road in Grove City.

Photo of snakes inside plastic containers at pet shop.

This is not DeVaul’s first run-in with the issue. In 2017, Jackson Township, filed an Environmental Injunction against him. The court ordered him to clean the property and if he failed to bring it to compliance he would be fined $100 per day.

DeVaul had a Probable Cause Hearing scheduled for Aug. 21, and will be arraigned on Sept. 18.

Local pet shop owner charged.

**Please note that the header photo is not of an actual animal from the incident.

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