LAND O'LAKES — A dog that was abandoned in a feces- and bug-infested house without food, water or air conditioning is doing well, said Denise Hilton, manager of Pasco County Animal Services.
Hilton said the dog was malnourished, but is doing okay now. Staffers don't know the dog's original name, so they have been calling him Little Man. He will soon be up for adoption.
"He's adorable," Hilton said. "Hopefully we will get him into a much happier home."
On Nov. 9, officers from the Dade City Police Department and animal control seized pets left behind at 38101 Countryside Place. They were not sure how long the animals had been there. In addition to the dog — which Hilton describes as a Yorkshire terrier mix — officers rescued a snake, three frogs and three fish.
The pet owner, Jessica Williams, was arrested Wednesday. She is charged with cruelty to animals. Williams, 20, was released that same day on $5,000 bail.
Williams and her husband, Shane, 21, also face charges of child neglect, domestic battery and drug charges stemming from an August arrest. Police officers found cockroaches, animal feces, soiled diapers, drugs, knives and a pipe bomb inside the home — along with the couple's children, who were then 2 years old and 7 months old, a report states. Shane Williams is also charged with having an explosive device.
On Thursday, Capt. David Duff said the house had been abandoned. "No one is living there," he said.
Hilton said the boa constrictor taken from the home was very sick — extremely thin and suffering from mouth rot, a painful illness.
He was on his way to "a very slow and painful death," Hilton said. The snake couldn't be saved and was euthanized.
The frogs and fish will also be up for adoption.
"It's a little zoo, here," Hilton said of all the seized pets.
"Hopefully we will find people who will love them and take care of them for the rest of their lives."
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