|Published:||Aug 18, 2010 11:49 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 18, 2010 8:48 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - No food, no water, and living in filth. One deputy says this is the worst case of animal mistreatment he's ever seen.
The owner tells us, those allegations, couldn't be further from the truth.
James Favreau says, "I don't abuse my animals, I feed my animals. Feel the breast on this bird, this bird is only 5 or 6 months old!"
He says his recent arrest was all just one big mistake.
"Look at the leg on this turkey, c'mon it's fat!"
Investigators say it was the odor that caused neighbors to call them.
Corporal Randy Hodges says, "They possibly thought that he had passed away inside the trailer because the smell was so bad."
Favreau is alive and well. Deputies say what they smelled were these pigs wading through 6 inches of their own waste,and maggots.
Favreau says, "Maggots in the pen? I'd like to pictures of the maggots, how's that?"
Rabbits, hens, turkeys, and a slew of quail. Deputies say were all without food or water, something Favreau denies.
He does admit he left the animals alone for a few days.
Favreau says, "My van is right over there broke down, my mother had two bad tires, we had to fix them before we could come out here."
Investigators say a dog was chained to a van with no food or water. The rest of the animals are in the care of Favreau's family.