Hernando Deputies Rescue Animals from ‘Deplorable Conditions’
Numerous animals, including seven horses, six dogs, several cats, two squirrels, and four exotic birds, were suffering from malnourishment, the Hernando Sheriff’s Office said.
BROOKSVILLE – Officials seized several animals on Friday (Aug. 25) because they were being kept in “deplorable conditions,” according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
The animals belonged to Debora Meinhardt, 51, of Brooksville. Deputies said the investigation is ongoing with citations pending.
Deputies and animal enforcement officers went to the property on Oney Drive in Brooksville after receiving a call citizen regarding numerous animals living in deplorable conditions on the property.
Upon arrival, deputies and animal enforcement officers said they saw numerous animals, including seven horses, six dogs, several cats, two squirrels, andfour exotic birds. All were suffering from malnourishment and lack of health maintenance.
Officials immediately decided to impound the animals so they could be evaluated by the veterinarian at Hernando County Animal Services.
With the assistance of livestock officer Deputy J. Adkins, all the animals were taken to Hernando County Animal Services where they will be evaluated and/or treated by the veterinarian as needed. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was contacted about the squirrels that were impounded.
For information about the Hernando sheriff, go to hernandosheriff.org.
Photos courtesy of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
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