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Farm animals and dogs rescued from home, Mauro Cantos arrested

12:49 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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Bradenton, Florida -- A Bradenton man was arrested Wednesday morning after deputies found numerous animals at a home he abandoned after a fire.

WWSB reports the owner told deputies he would come back to the property in the 3800 block of 38th Avenue E. periodically to feed the animals. However, deputies say conditions were so bad they had to be removed from the home.

PHOTOS: Farm animals, dogs rescued from home

In all, four dogs, five pigs and roosters, three sheep and hens, and one lamb were found on the property. One of the pigs was found dead. The dogs were sent to Manatee Animal Services and the livestock were sent to the county jail facility.

Mauro Cantos was charged with 13 counts of Unlawful Confinement/Abandonment of Animals, five counts of Cruelty to Animals and four counts of Fighting or Baiting Animals.

This isn't Cantos' first run-in with authorities for animal cruelty, he was also arrested in Tampa in 2004 on animal fighting charges.

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