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Beachwear store cited for illegal animal sales

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Grand Strand beachwear store has been cited for selling wild animals.

Myrtle Beach Police observed two "pond slide turtles" more than four inches in length just inside the entrance of the Pacific Beachwear Store on South Kings Highway.

The two turtles were in a tub with a filter, on display and ready to sale, the police report says.

The store was cited for owning, keeping and harboring wild/feral animals. Myrtle Beach Police spokesman Capt. David Knipes says that regardless of size, these types of animals cannot be sold in city limits.

Back in August 2012, the Pacific Beachwear Store was one of three locations targeted by Horry County Police in an undercover operation into the illegal selling of animals. After serving warrants, nearly 300 small animals were seized.

HCPD spokesman Lt. Robert Kegler explained that a county ordinance (4-11) prohibits the sale of turtles with shells under four inches in length because young turtles carry Salmonella which can be transferred to humans through contact.

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