Friday, March 23, 2012

'Hoarded' dogs taken from Tampa home

Stef DiPietrantonio

They are two separate, but equally brutal, cases of abused animals seized in Hillsborough County.

On Thursday, the animals that lived through the ordeal were found in a sad state, covered in their own feces and not fed properly in months.
Animal services calls this a case of good intentions gone awry. Four-dozen dogs were stacked in carriers inside a home in Thonotosassa. The owner was at work, but came home when she learned Animal Services was taking the dogs away.
"She does not see any error here, she does not see any issue, she does not see any problem," said Marti Ryan with Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Boxes and pet carriers litter the woman's front yard.
Inside? Animal services said the place was filthy. An anonymous caller tipped authorities off, saying they were worried for the owner, as well as the dogs.
"We've seen many, many hoarding cases in our time," Ryan said. "The difference is this one was working under the heading of an approved 501C-3 non-profit, so people are unknowingly perhaps donating money, funds, and supplies."
And never knowing, Ryan said, the animals would then be sent to live inside a small plastic carrier, living in their waste without vet care in a dimly lit double-wide trailer.
The woman's attorney sent us this statement, saying she's innocent of animal cruelty..."  More & video

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