CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Three dogs are in need of caring homes, after Charlotte County deputies arrested their owner last month on animal cruelty charges. The dogs were found along with dozens of other neglected animals.
Wink News spoke with animal control officials who say they wish they had been able to save them all.
Piles of garbage surrounded malnourished animals on the isolated property off Oil Well Road.
"It was sad to see them in that condition. You have a multitude of issues out there. Animals are underweight, malnourished. Living conditions alone were deplorable. Garbage, nails, very dangerous for animals like that. They were given stale bread and buckets of rotting slop," said Reannon Jeurgensen with Charlotte County Animal Control.
Officials helped put an end to the nightmare April 24th, when deputies arrested the owner, Pablo Cauz. They were able to save dozens of animals, but others were not as lucky.
"Some of them we did lose. Some of them were in such a state it would have been inhumane to keep them alive. Others we lost to neglect," Jeurgensen said.
Jeurgensen was one of the first officers on the scene and found cows, goats, dogs, horses, pigs, and even baby alligators.
They also found a marijuana growhouse inside the garage with more than 80 plants. The majority of the animals have been adopted out to good homes. Jeurgensen says she only wishes they had gotten there sooner.
"We had witnesses, in this case that had seen the abuse. It seemed to me the entire neighborhood had bits and pieces of information. They could hear the dogs screaming," she said.
Now, they are looking for owners who can help rehabilitate three dogs named Negro, Pinta, and Chula.
"These dogs unfortunately have been very seriously abused physically, with that they have a lot of emotional issues," she said.
The dogs are at the Animal Welfare League in Charlotte County. If you are interested in adopting them, call Charlotte County Animal Control at 941.833.5690.
Meanwhile, officers are putting together their case against Cauz and will present their findings to the State Attorney's Office.