Elkhart pet shop mislabeled as exotic, city investigates pemit


ELKHART A pet shop in Elkhart has been labeled as exotic, causing concern for the city and the shop’s owners.
The Downunder Reef Pet Shop moved to Elkhart a few weeks ago, closer to their clientele. Now they're under scrutiny.

The city issued the business a permit that requires businesses follow the city's ordinances. The past week an officer from animal control has been investigating the business to determine if the store follows the exotic and domestic animal control sections.

Elkhart city attorney Vlado Vranjes says, “We can't say today whether they were in compliance or not in compliance. We don't have all the information to make that determination.”

Downunder claims they have been mis-labeled as an exotic pet store.

The owners say they sell specialty pet products like salt water and freshwater fish, coral, and sugar gliders. Plus the store specializes in selling Bengal and Savannah cats, a domestic hybrid cat breed.

“Downunder Reef is a specialty pet shop. We don’t' have anything, as lot of people are out there thinking..exotic,” says co-owner Anna Morrow.

What may have originally caused some confusion about whether the store sells exotic pets revolves around the owners’ personal pets. They do have some unique pets, like a wallaby, that are not for sale.


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