Saturday, March 5, 2011

184 dogs, 2 cats taken from Polk County home

Polk County Sheriff's deputies removed 184 dogs and two cats and charged two Lakeland residents on 40 counts each of animal cruelty.

Authorities seized the animals Wednesday and charged 71-year-old Elizabeth H. Roden and 69-year-old Bradley M. Roden.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies found the dogs and cats living in and outside the home, with some of them confined to small cages. A report says the home was in poor condition, with dog feces on the floor, cockroaches and an infestation of flies.

The Rodens were cited in 2008 for owning 109 dogs without rabies vaccinations or tags. Polk officials say the pair had been investigated on animal cruelty and neglect charges in the past. Elizabeth Roden was issued a citation due to her age and medical condition. Bradley Roden is being held at the Polk County Jail..." More

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