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- Officials were able to save 14 adult dogs along with seven puppies and one pig, but said two dogs were found dead at the scene.
Officials in one county along Florida’s Treasure Coast made a disturbing discovery of animal abuse and cruelty inside of a property.
NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reports that deputies from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office got a call Thursday morning alleging dozens of animals were in distress at a home in Fort Pierce.
When they arrived, deputies found animals in an area outside of the home in the heat with no water or shade. Officials were able to save 14 adult dogs along with seven puppies and one pig, but said two dogs were found dead at the scene.
Sheriff Ken Mascara told the station that the surviving animals are in severe stages of malnutrition and heat exhaustion.
"We're going to make sure none of them are dehydrated, and get a good meal and are fed, and we'll work from there,” said David Robertson, the executive director of the county’s Humane Society before adding that it will take time to determine if and when the animals brought to the group can be adopted.
Mascara added that the property’s owner could face charges as their investigation continues.