Thursday, July 2, 2009

Authorities seize 76 dogs from Putnam mobile home

HOLLISTER — Seventy-six dogs were seized Thursday from cages and sheds scattered around a Putnam County mobile home after an investigation of conditions the animals were under.

“We saw 76 dogs in cages,” said Maj. Dwight Parker of the Sheriff’s Office. “There were several pregnant ones confined in a shed.”

About 60 tropical birds also were found on the property on Lisa Drive just outside Palatka but were not removed, he said.

Authorities believe the dogs had been there less than a month and were purchased from a woman in Central Florida who was going out of business.

Parker said the animals were in fair condition but some had apparent eye infections that will need treatment.

The animal breeds included Pekingese, Yorkies, Pomeranians, long-haired dachshunds, Chihuahuas and terriers, authorities said. About 60 of the dogs are adults.

Parker said apart from the pregnant females, all the dogs were in cages behind the mobile home and did not have sufficient food, water or room to exercise.

He said Jim Kight, the owner of the property was not there when animal control supervisor Nikki

Cavanaugh went to the mobile home about 10 a.m. after receiving the tip.

Parker said Kight was not charged Thursday. He said the Sheriff’s Office is working with Kight to return the animals if he complies with regulations.

John Salmons, chief code enforcement officer for Putnam County, said the property was not zoned for a kennel and proper facilities for waste disposal had not been set up.

Kight also will need a special permit to keep birds found on the property, he said...."  More