ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities arrested a 21-year-old man Friday after finding two dogs and six puppies emaciated and with internal parasites in a makeshift kennel.
Anthony Duane Stanislas, who lives at 735 17th Ave. S., now faces a felony charge of animal cruelty and eight counts of misdemeanor animal neglect.
After a neighbor complained to Pinellas County Animal Services, St. Petersburg police found a pit bull, a Rottweiler-pit bull mix and six puppies caged in "abusive conditions" in the back of Stanislas' house, officials said.
After authorities seized the animals, one puppy died on the way to the Animal Services facilities. The Rottweiler mix was adopted, but officials said the other puppies and dog were euthanized because of "poor health brought on by neglect."
Stanislas remained Friday afternoon in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $18,000 bail. The felony animal cruelty charge carries a fine of $5,000, authorities said, and could send him to prison for five years.
Anyone who has reason to believe that an animal is being abused or neglected should call Pinellas County Animal Services at (727) 582-2600 or a local law enforcement agency.