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Pet Shop Offers Warmth To Get Animals Out Of Cold

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - People in Mid-Michigan without power can take refuge at warming centers, but they're not allowed to bring pets. In response, Preuss Pets in Lansing has created a makeshift animal rescue for over 100 pets.

They've seen several different animals come in, including a piranha named Sparty, who was barely alive on Monday.

"I walked downstairs and it was, like dead. It was just laying there," said Elena Blankenship, Sparty's owner. Because they lost power, Elena,13, and her family weren't able to keep Sparty's tank at the proper temperature.

But Elena says Sparty's a fighter. Rather than giving up on her fish, she brought him to Preuss Pets in Lansing. "Something just told me that it was. I had faith in it, I guess."

 "Birds and fish and reptiles have a limited capacity dealing with this cold," said Rick Preuss, the owner. They've catered to 100 pets and and filled around 50 tanks with people's exotic fish that otherwise wouldn't survive.

Unforunately, however, Preuss says it was too late for some pets. "It's emotional for sure. And its been particularly difficult. It's just important to take a proactive stance at finding places for your pets to go."



Preuss says there is still some space available at his shop if you have pets that don't handle the cold very well.


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