St Petersburg Police Department deputies responded to a complaint of animal cruelty at 41
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“Once on the scene officers determine that numerous dogs, cats and other species of animals were being caged in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without the benefit of adequate food and water. Personnel from Florida Fish and Wildlife, the SPCA and Pinellas County Animal Control responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.”
A total of 23 adult dogs and 14 puppies were found confined to feces and urine soaked cages with no food or clean water. The cages that had dishes were filthy, and some of the dishes were filled with feces.
The majority of the animals were considered in poor condition. Two of the dogs appeared to be suffering from malnutrition, and one had staples to the head with no veterinary records to show the treatment was performed by a licensed professional.
Four raccoons were inside a large cage that was covered in feces and urine and was without food or water inside the cage. Another raccoon was found in a cage without food or water. An opossum was also found in a cage without food or water.
There were 14 cats inside kennels under an enclosed area that had no food or water, and their litter boxes inside the cages, as well as the cats themselves, were overflowing with urine and feces.
Inside the home, four birds and four dogs were found. These appeared to be cared for and were in good condition.
Officer’s involved in the investigation determined Patricia Gates Scites and Veronica Anne Faulseit are board members of All Creatures Great and Small Wildlife Inc. The two women were placed under arrest and charged with three counts each of misdemeanor animal cruelty. They were taken to Pinellas County Jail.
No word is available at this time as to whether Scites and Faulseit have bonded out. The animals are being removed from the premises with the assistance of Florida Fish and Wildlife, the SPCA and Pinellas County Animal Control.