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Okaloosa Co. veterinary shut down for poor animal care


An Okaloosa County veterinary assistant program has been closed down after more than 200 animals - including a 5-foot green anaconda - were discovered by animal control officers.

They found them at the Choice High School on Lewis-Turned Boulevard. Other animals found were than 100 rats, 13 chickens, 11 ducks and 22 rabbits - six peacocks, and much more.

Officials say the animals didn't have clean bedding, food and water, and  snakes were kept in an outside shed with no heat.    

Kaye McKinley, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, says a thorough investigation will be conducted.