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      Myrtle Beach police ticket stores for selling turtles

      Two Myrtle Beach businesses within the past week have been cited for illegal turtle sales, according to police reports.

      The Pacific Beachwear store at 805 S. Kings Highway was cited last Tuesday for violating the city's wild or feral animal ordinance. The police report on the incident says an officer observed two pond slider turtles larger than 4 inches in length for sale in a tub inside the store.

      Saturday morning, Myrtle Beach police responded to a complaint of mistreated turtles at the Palms Beach and Surf store at 6613-A N. Kings Highway. The police report says officers found 34 baby pond slider turtles inside a ten gallon aquarium sitting on a shelf in the store. The turtles were about 2 to 2-1/2 inches in length and lethargic, according to the report.

      "Most of the turtles appeared to be covered in a fungus associated with sick turtles," the report stated.

      The turtles and turtle supplies were seized and transported to Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach for housing and care.

      The report says warrants will be sought for the owner of the store, who was not at the scene. A clerk was issued a ticket for violating the city ordinance prohibiting the sale of wild animals.