Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Saturday, 04.19.2014
Classifieds
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4  5
 6  7  8  9  10  11  12
 13  14  15  16  17  18  19
 20  21  22  23  24  25  26
 27  28  29  30  31
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local




Members Of



Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Jan 28,2008
Sex offender's pet store closes
by UPI

PLANT CITY, Fla. - Many residents of Plant City, Fla., are celebrating the closing of a pet store owned by a convicted child molester.

The Pet City Center store has been surrounded by controversy for the past three years, the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported Sunday.

At first, residents were concerned about 37-year-old Gary Hicks, a man who served time in prison for inappropriate conduct with minors, owning a store full of pets that might lure children, the newspaper said. Then, he began facing accusations of animal cruelty after dogs were injured while in the care of his grooming business, and a new wave of protests surrounded his store, the report said.

Finally, Hicks was forced to close the store because he was six weeks behind in rent and his landlord refused to renew his lease, the Tribune reported.

Signs outside the store celebrated the closing, but Hicks will be opening a drive-through pet grooming business right next door to his old store.

Florida lawmakers have proposed a law which would prevent sex offenders from operating pet stores. The state's current sex offender laws do not include pet stores on the list of prohibited workplaces.

© 2008 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

1196 times read

Related news
T.J. Maxx opens in Bend on Sunday by Bend Weekly Sources posted on May 21,2006

Last of chain groceries abandon Detroit by UPI posted on Jul 05,2007

Canby man wins his own $1 million Ace Hardware store by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on Mar 16,2007

Three Bend Licensees Sell Liquor to Minors during OLCC Check by Bend Weekly News Sources posted on Apr 24,2006

Check with your liquor store for holiday operating hours, says OLCC by Bend Weekly News Sources posted on Dec 18,2006

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 19 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County
Fairgrounds

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum

Advertisements



Deschutes County

Google  
  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
Advertisement
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?