A former Dearborn Heights pet store owner will face probation after pleading guilty to charges of animal cruelty.
Ramzi Dakhlallah was charged in April with 37 counts of animal cruelty following a lengthy investigation of the owner of the Pet Station. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office alleged that he abused or neglected more than 100 animals during his ownership of the shop, located on Telegraph Road near Van Born.
Dakhlallah pleaded guilty in August to animal cruelty against four to 10 animals, as well as several counts of pet shop violations.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Judge Thomas E. Jackson on Wednesday placed Dakhlallah on probation for five years, and ordered that he stay out of the pet shop business.
The original charges against Dakhlallah—including felony animal cruelty charges—carried a possible sentence of more than five years in prison.