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Dozens of dogs removed from Polk County home, homeowners charged with 40 counts of animal cruelty

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Lakeland, Florida -- Two people are facing 40 counts of animal cruelty each, after nearly 200 dogs were removed Thursday night from their Lakeland home on Miranda Trail.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of the dogs removed from the home

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a total of 184 dogs were removed from the home of 71-year-old Elizabeth Roden and 61-year-old Bradley Roden.

The animals are now being evaluated by Polk County Animal Services in Winter Haven.

Elizabeth and Bradley Roden are now charged with 40 counts of Cruelty to Animals. Due to Elizabeth's age and medical condition, she was given a notice to appear in court.

Bradley is currently being booked into the Polk County Jail for Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun. He is also being given a notice to appear in court for 40 Counts for Animal Cruelty.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office offered this account of what deputies discovered on the property:

On March 2, 2011, a PCSO Deputy responded to the residence after receiving a request form Marion County Sheriff's Office regarding a February 2011 case in which multiple animals were seized from a motor home in Dunnellion. The motor home's registration came back to 825 Miranda Trail, Lakeland.

While on scene, the deputy observed, in plain view, approximately 60 dogs running in and out of the residence. Dogs could be heard barking form inside the residence as well. When the deputy attempted to make contact with residents inside the home, an unknown person closed the door and no one responded to the deputy.

Deputes executed a search warrant at approximately 5:30 pm, and located 184 dogs living inside and outside of the residence. 102 dogs and 2 cats were surrendered to the Polk County Sheriff's Office and 82 were seized from the suspects on scene. A number of the dogs were confined to small cages. Conditions in the home were very poor, including dog feces on the floor, cockroaches and flies infestation, and generally dirty conditions.

While securing the dogs and searching for additional dogs in the master bedroom closet, a short barreled shotgun was located which had a 16 inch barrel. Bradley Roden spontaneously stated that he uses the shotgun to shoot rats.

The Rodens have a history of Animal Neglect charges.

  • In 2003 Elizabeth Roden was charged with animal abuse and animal neglect.
  • In 2005 Elizabeth and Bradley Roden were investigated for Cruelty to Animals and Neglect.
  • In 2006 Elizabeth and Bradley Roden were investigated for Cruelty to Animals and Neglect.
  • In 2008 Elizabeth and Bradley Roden were cited for 109 dogs not having rabies vaccinations or tags.

This is an ongoing investigation.

10 News and the Polk County Sheriff's Office

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