ASPCA Assists with Cruelty Case Involving 55 Animals in Florida

May 26, 2017

ASPCA Volunteers

At the request of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the ASPCA assisted local authorities with the removal and transport of 55 animals—including  dogs, a guinea pig, chickens, rabbits, and cats— who were found living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions on two properties in Bristol, approximately 50 miles west of Tallahassee.  

A search warrant was executed Wednesday morning, and responders discovered many of the animals exhibiting numerous signs of neglect. Some appeared to be suffering from untreated medical issues such as parasites, open wounds, skin disease and flea infestation. Dogs were found chained outside with lack of access to clean water or appropriate shelter, and chickens were housed in small enclosures, surrounded by feces and trash.

“It’s apparent that these animal victims have been living in deplorable conditions for quite some time,” said Adam Leath, Southeast Regional Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We’re pleased to be in a position to help the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office remove these animals from a dire situation and transport them to a temporary shelter where they can recover and eventually be placed into safe and loving homes.”

The animals have been transported by the ASPCA to Escambia County Animal Services, where they will receive medical exams and behavior assessments until they can be made available for adoption. The owner of one of the properties was arrested on one count of animal cruelty with additional charges pending once evidence is collected by the ASPCA and submitted to local authorities. 

These 55 victims might not have made it were it not for the support of people like you. Please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today to enable us to continue to be there for abused, abandoned and neglected animals at a moment’s notice.