LAKE ELSINORE, Calif.—Officials say they have found at least 700 dead reptiles and rats at a Riverside County business under investigation for animal neglect.

Lake Elsinore city spokesman Justin Carlson says animal control officers, volunteers and veterinarians were bagging the dead animals Friday and taking stock of the live ones amid stench and filth at Global Captive Breeders, a business that inspectors visited Wednesday after complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Carlson says at least 600 live snakes have been counted, along with an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 live rats, which are raised by the facility as reptile food.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise ( http://bit.ly/XoU0wA) says the business has proper permits.

No one has been arrested or cited, and efforts by the Press-Enterprises to reach the owners were unsuccessful.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com