Hilda Matheus, owner of HSAL Animal Paradise Pet Store in Kissimmee, says someone broke into her shop Thursday night and stole $60,000 worth of animals.
“I came in on Friday morning around 9:30, that’s when I open the store, I noticed the lemur cages were blocking a little bit of this hallway right here and I noticed all the cages were open and birds were missing,” Matheus said.
In the store’s surveillance video a person can be seen crouched down with a flashlight opening doors and looking around the store.
Mathus believes the thief will try to resell the animals, and is worried for their safety.
“I believe this is animal cruelty. I believe that I mean, when I walked in I even saw a dead English budgie, a little bird killed on the floor.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimeline or the Kissimmee Police.
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