Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

26 animals, 8-year-old boy removed from filthy Tampa house

TAMPA — Police arrested a 50-year-old woman Wednesday who they say had an 8-year-old boy, 23 cats, two dogs and a bird living in a filthy home that had the stench of cat urine.

Ten years ago, a Hillsborough County judge ordered Ibbie J. Aldape to never own animals again, said Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services.

Investigators with the Tampa police, Animal Services and the Department of Children and Families went to Aldape's home late Wednesday afternoon and found the conditions unsafe for the boy and the animals, Ryan said. A DCF worker had visited the house earlier and alerted police and animal welfare investigators, Ryan said.

"Horrific litter boxes were just feet from where the boy slept," she said.

Tampa police say the home was littered with trash, infested with bugs and littered with animal waste.

The boy was taken into DCF custody and the animals, some of which were seriously ill and blind, were removed.

Aldape, of 7608 N Huntley Ave., was charged with 25 counts of improper confinement of animal, 10 counts of animal cruelty and one count of child neglect.

26 animals, 8-year-old boy removed from filthy Tampa house 02/10/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2010 4:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Wildlife officers look for answers in gopher tortoise deaths while reward money piles up

    Wildlife

    The blood had already pooled when the bodies were found, bashed and beaten. One was dead. The other was still gasping, but it was too late.

    A gopher tortoise emerges from a bush to feed on vegetation on Thursday in 2016 at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating the deaths of two tortoises that were beaten and their shells broken in Manatee County. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. Airbnb on track to shatter tax revenues brought in last year

    Business

    Airbnb has collected more than $18 million in taxes for Florida state and local governments so far this year, putting it on a fast-track to shatter its 2016 tax collection of $20 million.

    Airbnb has collected more than $18 million in taxes for Florida state and local governments so far this year, putting it on a fast-track to shatter its 2016 tax collection of $20 million.
[Bloomberg file photo]

  3. PSTA foresees no service cuts as it rolls out proposed 2018 budget

    Transportation

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will unveil the first draft of its 2018 budget at Wednesday morning's meeting of the governing board.

    A Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus leaves the terminal at  3180 Central Ave. in St Petersburg in 2014. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  4. What you need to know for Wednesday, June 28

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    St. Petersburg will finally break ground today on its long-awaited downtown Pier. [City of  St. Petersburg]
  5. USF's 'Black Pulp!' and 'Woke!' exhibits reframe African-American representation

    Visual Arts

    The concept of being "woke" is inextricably woven into the zeitgeist. To be truly woke, you have to be aware of not only current social injustices, but also the historical fight against prejudice.

    Renee Cox’s Chillin with Liberty (1998) is part of the “Black Pulp!” exhibition at the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum.