Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lutz dog breeder shut down, charged with cruelty

LUTZ — Hillsborough County Animal Services seized 62 dogs and three cats from a breeder Wednesday charged with 80 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Officials say Maxine Reynolds, 72, had been warned in September to clean up the deplorable conditions of her home kennels.

But investigators arrived at her home Wednesday afternoon to find floors covered in water, urine and feces, with animals roaming the property in groups as well as confined in filthy cages, said Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for animal services.

Investigators found Pomeranians, poodles and mixed-breed Pom-Poos inside the house at 5711 Carey Road. Some were nursing, others pregnant in a spare bedroom converted into a maternity ward, and a few of the animals were visibly ill, Ryan said.

"We received an anonymous tip in January and another in September," Ryan said.

Authorities warned the breeder to clean up the mess in July, she said.

Reynolds was charged with misdemeanors because Ryan said there had been an effort to clean-up the conditions after the warning, but it still didn't meet standards.

"She's a known breeder who advertises Pomeranians that can go anywhere from $500 to $700 a pop," Ryan said. "I think she has a lot of love in heart for these animals but she may have just been overwhelmed."

Reynolds runs her business out of an office on the side of her home, which was kept clean and tidy, investigators noted.

"But as soon as you step in the front yard you could smell the animal waste," Ryan said. "It was disgusting."

Most of the animals were willingly surrendered to animal services and will be examined to determine if they can be sent out for adoption with partner shelters such as the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

"Some of the puppies are newborn, so they have to spend some time with mom," Ryan said.

Until that time, animal services and local shelters are accepting donations of comfort items that the agencies can't afford such toys and towels and necessities in short supply such as food.

Lutz dog breeder shut down, charged with cruelty 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 11:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Siesta Key: 4 things you need to know about MTV's new Florida reality series

    Blogs

    By now you probably know MTV shot a reality series in the number one beach in America. Siesta Key, airing Monday at 10, follows a group of young adults as they navigate life in their early 20s over a summer in sunny Florida.

    The cast of Siesta Key during press interviews at Gary Kompothecras's mansion in Siesta Key. The MTV series premieres July 31 at 10 p.m.
  2. Times recommends: Rick Baker for St. Petersburg mayor

    Editorials

    St. Petersburg voters are fortunate to have two experienced candidates for mayor. Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker have deep roots in the city and long records of public service. Both have helped transform St. Petersburg into an urban success story. At this moment, Baker is the better choice to keep the …

    The Tampa Bay Times editorial board recommends Rick Baker for St. Petersburg mayor. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

  3. The goal of a new program in Hillsborough schools: Read a book in English, discuss it in Spanish

    K12

    TAMPA — Giadah and Gamadiel Torres are 5-year-old twins. "We were born at the same time," is how Giadah explains their birth.

    Twins Giadah and Gamadiel Torres, 5, learn about the dual language program they will enter this year at Bellamy Elementary School. [SARAH KLEIN | Special to the Times]
  4. Why don't defensive players get more Heisman Trophy love?

    Blogs

    In a story we posted online earlier today (and coming to your doorstep in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times), I made my case for why Florida State safety Derwin James should be a preseason …

    Boston College defensive end Harold Landry didn't get any Heisman love last year, despite leading the country in sacks.
  5. Trump vowed to end DACA. Tampa Bay immigrants worry he soon will

    State Roundup

    Andrea Seabra imagined the worst if Donald Trump won: "I thought on the first day he would say, 'DACA is done' and send immigration officers to every house."

    Mariana Sanchez Ramirez, 23, poses for a photograph on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida on Wednesday. Mariana, who was born in Torreon in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, traveled with her family to the United States on a tourist's visa in 2000. She was able to stay in the U.S. and attended college after President Barack Obama's action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in June 2012. Mariana will graduate with a degree in political science from USF next month. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)