340 Animals Found Dead In Marion County Home
Marion County Animal Services removed 400 living animals and another 340 dead animals from a Reddick home.
Animal Services say they found everything from dogs, cats, birds, cows, horses and sheep to smaller pets and reptiles residing on the property, which is located at 4632 NW 100th St.
Officials responded following a complaint followed by a Progress Energy employee, who was fixing a power outage in the area.
The property owner, Ignacio Dulzaides, 65, wouldn't initially allow Animal Services to enter his home. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was able to enter the home and confirmed the incredibly poor living conditions since Dulzaides has a license to sell exotic birds.
Animal Services later obtained a warrant to enter the home, where they found hundreds of both living and dead animals in small cages and crates.
The Marion County Fire Rescue Hazmat team responded to the scene and declared several of the buildings unsafe to enter without a respirator.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office removed Dulzaides per the Baker Act from the property and placed him into protective custody for a mental evaluation Thursday evening.
Animal Services officials said this case is one of the worst hoarding situations they have ever seen.
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