COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Less than two months after Arthur Perkins surrendered nearly 50 dogs from his Golden Gate home, outraged animal advocates filled the domestic animal services meeting.
"We're hoping they see how strong we are and how determined we are to get answers about this situation and why it took a bank to shut him down instead of DAS shutting him down," said Mary Ellen Metro who rescued one of the surrendered dogs.
DAS records show officers had been sent to Perkins' home over 20 times before he eventually surrendered the animals after his home was foreclosed on. He was never cited for what eyewitnesses describe as unsafe and unhealthy conditions. The only laws he was shown to be non-compliant with were licensing and kenneling laws. Speakers attacked Domestic Animal Services' lack of enforcement.
"Mainly we're looking at the laws that we thought this county upheld and if they truly upheld these animal laws why wasn't he shut down years ago," Metro continued.
Some board members agreed.
"There's no way to explain this except for somebody didn't do their job," said board member Tom Kepp.
They said the issue would have to be taken up with the county commissioners before any changes could be made.
"Right now they have something to enforce and they're not doing that," said advocate Kelly Fox.
Further discussion on the topic will be continued at the next meeting.