Florida Puppy Mill Shut Down, 37 Dogs in Custody
Tail wags to the financial company employee for turning in this puppy miller! I wish the absolute best for them and their family!
This story ran on New4Jax.com today and the site promises to have more information this evening.
Clay Deputies Seize 37 Dogs From Breeder
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- Authorities seized 37 dogs after they were found in poor living conditions outside the Keystone Heights mobile home of a man believed to be breeding dogs, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies began investigating after an employee of a financial company considering repossessing the property reported seeing the dogs living in small, stacked cages, standing in feces, with matted hair and bite wounds.
Deputies and Animal Control personnel visited the property on county Road 315 C on Saturday and seized the dogs.
Deputies said owner Anthony Andriorio cooperated with authorities and signed over ownership of the dogs, which will be rehabilitated and made available for adoption.
Animal Crimes Detective Annie Henderson said the dogs were being bred for sale, both locally and over the Internet.
Andriorio was not charged with a crime, but the case remains under investigation.
Andriorio was allowed to keep 10 dogs that were kept in better conditions inside his mobile home, but agreed to cease breeding dogs, improve the living conditions for his pets and allow regular inspections of the property.