Venice, Florida - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of hoarding at a home in the Venice Acres neighborhood.
According to investigators, animal services removed an estimated 360 small dogs over the past few days from the home at 220 High Point Drive in Venice.
Photo Gallery: Over 350 animals rescued from Venice home
Police say the animals were kept in a series of chicken coop-like structures outdoors.
Deputies initially removed two dozen dogs that were in poor medical condition and returned to the property to seize the remaining animals.
Most of the dogs have severely matted fur, fleas, intestinal parasites and eye issues. All of the dogs need to be medically evaluated, treated and/or cleared before they will be available for adoption.
Seventy dogs have already been transferred to area rescues and others will be moved today. Criminal charges against the owner are pending.
Adoptions will begin Monday at the earliest, and interested citizens can download an application from www.SarasotaSheriff.org and under Public Interest click Animal Services.
Animal Services urges interested citizens to not call until that time to ensure all staff members are available to care for the dogs, in addition to the other 122 dogs and cats that were already in the shelter.
The rescue groups that assisted in this recovery include the Sarasota Humane Society, Disaster Animal Response Team, Sarasota In Defense of Animals, Almost Home, Florida Little Dog Rescue, Honor Sanctuary, Canine Castaways, Safe Haven, Suncoast Humane Society, Underdog Rescue, Florida Poodle Rescue, VIP Rescue, Kickapoo Rescue, Certified Preowned Dogs, Bay Road Animal Hospital and Ashton Animal Clinic.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office