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Animals found abandoned in Safety Harbor house

A chinchilla peeks out from its crate in the medical wing at the Humane Society of North Pinellas. It was one of various abandoned and malnourished animals discovered in a Safety Harbor home Thursday morning, Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies said. Authorities went to the home after neighbors reported not seeing the residents in days.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

A chinchilla peeks out from its crate in the medical wing at the Humane Society of North Pinellas. It was one of various abandoned and malnourished animals discovered in a Safety Harbor home Thursday morning, Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies said. Authorities went to the home after neighbors reported not seeing the residents in days.

SAFETY HARBOR — Several abandoned and malnourished animals were found Thursday morning in a Safety Harbor home, Pinellas sheriff's deputies say.

After neighbors reported they hadn't seen the home's residents in days, deputies checked at 1145 Withlacoochee St.

Inside the flea-infested house, they found assorted animals, including what appeared to be a malnourished pug, two beagles, two rabbits and a parrot, all in cages.

Outside were an English bulldog and a potbellied pig, both appearing malnourished, deputies said.

They also found a dead cat.

Deputies were trying to identify the residents who abandoned the animals and the home.

Pinellas County Animal Services took in the dogs.

The Humane Society of Pinellas took the potbellied pig, the parrot, the rabbits and more.

Animals found abandoned in Safety Harbor house 04/29/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 29, 2010 6:24pm]
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