Monday, April 18, 2011

28 Animals Seized After Dead Cats, Dogs Found In Freezer

A Palm Beach County pet shop owner was arrested on animal cruelty charges after police said dead animals were found inside her apartment freezer.

The investigation began last Friday when animal control workers visited Debora Van Oort's shop, Forever Puppies, at 308 W. Lantana Road, after police received a complaint.

Animal control officers found two dead golden retriever puppies in the store, which had no air conditioning, according to police. A necropsy revealed the puppies had no food in their systems, police said.

Animal control workers then moved on to Van Oort's apartment. Inside, they said they found eight dogs that were dehydrated, five cats and a hedgehog. But the most disturbing site of all, according to animal control, was what they found inside Van Oort's freezer: five dead dogs and cats.

"Animals all over the place, walking in feces, urine, everything, very malnourished, no food. Some of the animals were even eating their own feces to try to stay alive," said Sgt. Sean Scheller, of the Lantana Police Department. "They found five Ziploc baggies in the freezer. That's why we're working with animal control now to see their cause of death.".." More, video & pics

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