BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man has been arrested on 10 charges of animal cruelty after authorities found nine malnourished "pit bull-type" dogs at his home and a dismembered cat in the refrigerator, according to a Hernando Sheriff's Office report.
George W. Outlaw was arrested Friday and also was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs without a prescription. Outlaw turned 55 on Sunday.
Deputies acting on a search warrant at 814 School St. on Thursday found the nine emaciated dogs tied up outside the house with little to no shelter and no food or water, the report states. All of the dogs appeared to be malnourished.
Authorities found the dismembered cat in the kitchen refrigerator. The animal had been skinned and the head was missing, the report shows.
Deputies also found about 3 grams of marijuana, a pipe with marijuana residue, and 19 pills identified as penicillin, the report states.
Authorities got the search warrant expecting to find drugs and discovered the animals, said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.
It's unclear why Outlaw had a cat in the refrigerator, Black said. Asked if authorities suspected Outlaw was involved in dogfighting, Black said she could not comment
Willie James Outlaw, 56, who also lives at the home, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after authorities found him in a bedroom with two pipes that tested positive for crack cocaine, and a small amount of marijuana under the bed, the report states.
Delores A. Boggs, 34, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Authorities found seven bullets for a .357-caliber handgun, a 20-gauge shotgun shell, and a 12-gauge shotgun shell, the report states. Boggs, who was convicted of robbery in Citrus County in 2005, told deputies she had been living at the house for the last four months, according to the report.
George Outlaw was released from the Hernando County Jail on Saturday after posting a $6,500 bond, records show. Willie Outlaw, who was already out on bond after being arrested in November on charges of possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, remained in the jail on a no-bond status Monday. Boggs remained in jail in lieu of an $11,000 bond.