UPDATE: 340 Animals Found Dead In Reddick Home
It's being called one of the worst cases of animal hoarding in Marion County history, and a Reddick man could be facing several charges of animal cruelty.
Shocked, surprised and mind blowing. That's how one resident described her reaction when she heard the news that over 400 animals were taken from Ignacio Dulzaides' secluded residence on NW 100th St. in Reddick Thursday evening and Friday morning.
Only giving her first name, Marilyn bought a Chihuahua from Dulzaides and says his animals always seemed well taken care of.
"I know him to sell healthy puppies," she said. "He's honest, he even let me pay off my puppy because I couldn't afford to pay it all at once, I have the highest regard for this man."
But after finding nearly 350 dead animals all over Dulzaides' 50-acre property, including some kept in a freezer and others that had been decaying in cages for weeks, Marion County officials may not hold him in such high regard.
"Animal services is building their case so that they can send the case forward to the state attorney's office on charges of animal cruelty and neglect," Animal Services Spokesperson Elaine Deiorio said.
While Dulzaides' future is uncertain, one thing is clear. More than 400 animals will not be returning back to his home. They are now in the hands of marion county animal services, and it could take about a month before they're able to find a new home.
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