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Deputies find 14 dogs despite court no-dog order

TAMPA — A deputy heard barking from 8202 W Crenshaw St. on Monday.

It would have been unremarkable coming from most other homes.

But this is where Cynthia Annette Cuervo lives.

Cuervo, 43, was charged in February with 20 felony counts of animal cruelty and 20 misdemeanor counts of improper confinement.

Conditions for her 19 pets were bad enough that a judge barred her from having dogs again, Hillsborough Animal Services spokeswoman Marti Ryan said.

It was an order officials say Cuervo ignored.

On Monday, deputies found 14 dogs inside Cuervo's Town 'N Country home.

They included a great Dane, a young German shepherd and several other smaller dogs including chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers, Ryan said.

She described the dogs as emaciated.

"They are very hungry, dirty, smelly," Ryan said. "She claims that she loves them, but if you love them, you don't keep them in this condition, and you don't violate a court order."

Cuervo was held on 13 misdemeanor charges of improper confinement and five felony charges of cruelty toward animals. She remained in jail Monday night with bail set at $16,500.

Florida records show Cuervo was first accused of cruelty to animals in 2007 but the charge was dismissed.

Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at (813) 226-3383 or rcatalanello@sptimes.com.

Deputies find 14 dogs despite court no-dog order 11/03/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9:07pm]
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