Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Owners cooperate with authorities after dozens of animals found at Hudson home

HUDSON — Ten more dogs were surrendered to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Monday at a home where more than 70 animals were being kept.

Authorities had planned to execute a search warrant after the residents initially refused to let anyone inside, but a woman opened the door to investigators Monday.

None of the animals appeared malnourished, and no one at the home was arrested, authorities said. The identity of the residents could not be confirmed.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies found the animals on Sunday at 18310 Montour Drive, near Spring Hill, after responding to a neighbor's complaint of barking and shouting in the home.

Homeowners surrendered 13 dogs to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay that day, said Mike Shumate, manager of Pasco County Animal Services.

Thirty dogs remain in a barn on the 5.46-acre property, Shumate said, along with two sugar gliders, three cats, five horses, two donkeys and eight miniature horses.

Five dogs inside the house are being considered the homeowners' personal pets and will be allowed to remain.

The other dogs will remain at the house until officials can find homes or rescue shelters for them.

The home's address corresponds with that of a registered nonprofit called Sleepy Hollow Dog Rescue.

Shumate said the property was at one time an animal shelter.

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