Evergreen Pet shut down by Dept. of Revenue, abandons pets inside | Business
UPDATE: Evergreen Pet Shop owners respond
"I am the owner of evergreen pet. This is in response to what has been said in concerns of the pet store and the actual events. We regret that persons feel that we have not taken care of the business we worked so hard at. Last year the store had a fire in the fish area, the contractor sublet work out that caused that area to be closed for about six months. Along with the road construction this last summer, ( 3 months) this put us in a situation that was not probable.In early August the store was forced to close. However during the time it was closed we have had personnel in on a daily basis to maintain the daily duties of the store, with the intent of reopening. We then realized that reopening would not be possible. Over this time period we were working with the property owner to help find a way to sell the assets to offset mounting costs. The landlord had advised us that he was trying to work with other local pet stores to help find homes for all the animals. At the end of last week the landlord changed the locks and we were no longer able to reenter the premise to take care of the animals. Up until this time the animals were maintained on a daily basis. We regret the situation that has happened, and are happy that animal are being placed into homes."
The greater Spokane community is coming together to help the unpurchased pets left abandoned by the owners of the Evergreen Pet Shop.
The pet store, located at 14319 East Sprague Avenue in the Spokane Valley, was shut down by the Department of Revenue back in July. The pet store owners then abandoned several animals in the store.
The owner of the building that rented to Evergreen Pet said the owners were behind on their rent, but was still trying to work with them. The building owner thought the pet store owners were still taking care of the unpurchased pets.
At some point recently, the pet store owners did in fact stop taking care of all the pets left in the store.
Saturday, the building owner discovered the abandoned pets along with several dead mice and rats in the store. The building owner also said someone had stolen a pink cockatoo and that they were going to file a police report.
They have discounted everything in the store by 50% and the store will be open again Sunday.
Details in this case are still limited. KXLY is working to get more information.