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Hundreds of Dead Rodents, Reptiles Found at Lake Elsinore Breeder

LAKE ELSINORE (KTLA) — Authorities in Riverside County have found more than 700 dead animals at a Lake Elsinore business after receiving a complaint from animal activists.

City officials said they began investigating Global Captive Breeders on Third Street in early December after receiving a complaint from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Animal control officials shut down the business on Wednesday after finding hundreds of dead animals, filth and other problems.

After two days of cleanup, more than 700 dead reptiles and rats were removed from the facility and as nearly 600 live snakes were noted for removal.

According to the company’s website, the business operates in a “state of the art” facility with over 6,100 square feet of space.

“We have made several improvements to the building to ensure we could create the optimal conditions for each species,” the website said.

The statement on the website also said that the company has intentions to expand their operations.

Investigators estimate that the building housed from 6,000 to 10,000 rats, which were being raised as reptile food.

Workers are expected to continue cleaning up the site next week.

No arrests have been made.

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