LAND O'LAKES, Florida - Dozens of animals taken from a Holiday home are now being cared for at Pasco County Animal Services. Some of the animals were noticeably neglected, while others, not so much. Most of them are pure breeds that are pretty pricey.
The group includes two snakes, four turtles, seven rabbits, eight dogs, four cats, two lizards, and a rabbit. Of the dogs, there are several Boxers which are noticeably emaciated, also a Maltese and Yorkie, which are dirty and scruffy looking.
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The animals were brought into Pasco County Animal Services Wednesday night, from a home along Hiawatha Place. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, a neighbor called to complain about a strong smell coming from the house.
Deputies said that inside, they found animal feces strewn everywhere and it appeared the animals had been left alone up to a week. Investigators said the woman renting the house is Alicia Nelson.
"We ended up taking them because of the fact that some of the animals were in emaciated conditions, some of them were not in such poor condition. But when we impound some, we're normally going to take all of them, just for the protection of all of them," said interim animal services manager, Kevin Mallory.
Animal services will care for the animals and get them back to good health. It's unclear if they will end up getting custody of them right now. If they do, the animals will eventually be put up for adoption.
Nelson may face charges of Animal Cruelty and Animal Neglect.