BREAKING: ASPCA Assists in Urgent Emergency Rescue of 50+ Animals in Florida Hoarding Case

February 18, 2016

ASPCA responders are on the ground in Bell, Florida, assisting authorities with the emergency removal and sheltering of 47 dogs, four cats and a horse from a hoarding situation. This investigation was initiated by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office after a concerned citizen reported a dead horse in the front yard of the residence as well as several dogs who appeared to be neglected.

Our responders discovered animals living in deplorable conditions, exhibiting numerous signs of neglect. There was no food on the property, and the animals appeared to be suffering from untreated medical issues and emaciation. Responders confirmed a deceased horse, which was taken to the University of Florida for a necropsy exam.

“Many of the animals were found in critical condition, and we’re pleased to be in a position to help the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office remove these animals from a dire situation,” said Adam Leath, Southeast Regional Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.

The animals were transported to a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where we will continue to provide much-needed care. The ASPCA Forensic Sciences team is collecting evidence to support the criminal case, and the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office reports that cruelty charges are pending.

 We are relieved that these animals are now safe, but we need your support to reach countless animals nationwide who still need our help. Please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today.