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A cat was spotted inside a Bristol grocery store (Submitted) A cat was spotted inside a Bristol grocery store (Submitted)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Photos have surfaced showing a cat inside a Connecticut grocery store, which is another problem in the list of ongoing issues associated with the shop in Bristol.

Eyewitness News first reported issues with Associated Supermarket after moldy and expired foods were being sold at grocery store.

Since the story aired, the store has re-stocked their shelves and fired their produce employee. But now Associated Supermarket is facing allegations of having a cat inside the store, which the health department told Eyewitness News is illegal.

A picture of the cat inside the store was posted on Facebook overnight.

"I haven't even seen the cat there but it's still wrong,” Virgilio Cruz, of Bristol, said.

Customers and employees told Eyewitness News they have never seen the cat and the animal must have somehow snuck in, in the middle of the night. Those in the area said if a cat is staying in the grocery store, it's a major problem.

“No, I don't think it's right because they usually get into the meats,” Cruz said.

“I think it's pretty unsanitary and unhealthy for the food,” Lynn McCormack, of Bristol, said. “And the pets shouldn't be in any supermarket where there is any food."

The director of Bristol Health Department said no animals are allowed inside a grocery store besides service animals.

Now with one problem after the next, many people are saying they're going elsewhere to pick up their groceries.

"I wouldn't go to a store like this and that's why the big supermarkets are better,” Karen Bourret, of Bristol, said. “They can better control."

The Bristol Health Department will be at Associated Supermarket on Tuesday night to inspect the store and said they will continue to do so until all of the problems are resolved.

The owners of the store haven't returned calls to Eyewitness News.  

To see more photos of the food in question, visit our slideshow.

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