Authorities have cited a Florida man for failing to provide proper care for animals kept on his property.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control recently removed eight dogs and two cats from Craig Tomlin’s land because they were being kept in less than adequate conditions, WPTV News reports.
The animals’ living conditions reportedly caught the attention of authorities after Debe Easter visited Tomlin’s property on July 14 to inquire about a camper for sale.
She said in a videotaped interview with WPTV News (shown below) that she could hear the dogs barking inside a concrete building with no roof.
Many of the animals, Easter said, were being kept in small cages, had little to no food or water, and were standing in their own urine and feces.
“It was disgusting, it truly was disgusting,” she said.
Easter found one dog outside in the 96-degree heat, the hottest July 14 on record in 26 years, according to WPTV.
“I saw a white dog, skin and bones outside, no water, nothing and it was hot, out in the hot sun,” Easter said.
“If I could I would have taken them but then there's no case,” she said of the animals.
Instead she recorded the conditions on video with her cell phone and posted the footage to the Loxahatchee Lost and Found Pets Facebook page. It was those images that eventually led animal control officials to the property, according to WPTV.
The confiscated animals remain in the custody of Animal Care and Control where they will be evaluated.
Tomlin could not be reached by WPTV for comment.
Officials told WPTV that this is the second time Tomlin has been cited for failing to provide proper care.
According to the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control website, violations of pet care ordinances are considered civil infractions. A single citation can carry up to a $500 fine.
It is unclear how many citations Tomlin received for the recent visit to his property. It has not been decided whether he will be able to reclaim the animals or if they will be put up for adoption.
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