PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Two more arrests in what Charlotte County Animal Control officers are calling one of their uglier cases.
Yusniel Valdez-Darias and Greisy Suarez both face dozens of charges for animal cruelty and abandonment. They owned more than 80 animals that were kept at a house off Oil Well Road in Punta Gorda.
"Overall living conditions for the animals, they were horrific," says Reannon Juergensen.
Garbage, debris and disease. Animal Control Officer Reannon Juergensen says it's just some of the filthy conditions Yusniel Valdez-Darias and Greisy Suarez knew surrounded their more than 80 animals.
"The feed that they were providing to these animals was absolutely disgusting... it was leftover restaurant waste that was stored in containers that was just fermented and really had a life of its own," she adds.
Officers arrested the two Wednesday. But WINK News has been following this story for months when we first told you about the arrest of Pablo Cauz, the animal's careaker. Goats, pigs, horses and alligators were all found on the property, all in bad shape, along with a marijuana growhouse in the garage.
"They explained to me that they come out twice a week, take a look at the animals... I feel that they were well aware of the living conditions, the environment the animals were in, the condition the animals were in and still kept bringing more and more out there," she adds.
Officers say some animals did not survive. Many of the ones they did save have since been adopted.