Over 60 dogs removed from deplorable conditions in Florida

Over 60 dogs removed from deplorable conditions in Florida


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  • Image via Desoto County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook

Local police shut down a puppy mill in Desoto County last week. The sheriff’s office reported that they removed more than 80 animals from the Strawberry Farms kennel company.

In a post shared on Facebook, the DCSO noted “unfortunate conditions” for the plant, including “urine and feces everywhere” and “no food or water in sight.” They were notified about the plant after a woman filed a complaint against the company, stating that her puppy lost five pounds while in the care of the company.

Further investigation revealed several other complaints, including a report from a vet who refused to spay one of their puppies due to severe malnutrition.

Robert Polk, a business owner, has been charged with 82 counts of negligence. Rose Romano, co-owner of the strawberry farms, was not at the scene and authorities are looking for her. She faces 82 counts of negligence and two counts of fraud.

Sick Puppies: Petland Waterford Lakes has a history of selling unhealthy and even dying dogs: Even after a state lawsuit is filed and a boycott is imposed, there is no guarantee that the suffering will end.

Sick puppies: Petland Waterford Lakes has a history of selling unhealthy and even dying dogs

Even after a state lawsuit is filed and a boycott is imposed, there is no guarantee that the suffering will end.

by Ava Lomar

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Puppy mills like strawberry farms are part of a larger economy of sick and abused animals that tend to peak in retail storefronts. Orange County recently made the retailing of dogs, cats, and rabbits illegal to try to remove much of the motivation behind these mills. This ruling came well after several customers and employees reported appalling conditions inside local stores such as Petland Waterford Lakes.


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