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47 dogs rescued from disgusting drug home

Auburndale, Florida -- A check of a home for possible drug activity Friday evening revealed even more -- a disgusting home housing 47 dogs in cages filled urine and feces.

Deputies arrived at the home in the 3900 block of Owens Road and talked with Randall Huggins about the tip of possible drug activity. While they waited for him to secure loose dogs on the property so they could conduct a search, Bernice Walskey arrived.

She denied having drugs on the property, however, a K-9 alerted deputies to her vehicle. Inside, they found two large bags of a green leafy material identified as "Hawaiian Haze and Orange Krush", which are herbal alternatives to marijuana. Additional items used to package and distribute the narcotics were also found.

While conducting a search of the property, 47 dogs were found confined in cages stacked on top of each other inside the home in "deplorable conditions". They were found standing in their own feces and urine and did not have any food or water.

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Deputies reported the smell of feces and urine was overwhelming inside the home and the dogs had not been out of the cages to get exercise or fresh air. Many of them suffered signs of malnutrition, skin conditions and fleas.

The animals were taken to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control facility where they are being evaluated.

During the course of the investigation, an additional 14 pounds of a green herb and several bags of chemicals commonly used to produce synthetic marijuana were found.

Huggins, 49, was charged with 40 counts of Animal Cruelty and Walskey, 55, was charged with three counts of Possession of Listed Drug and 40 counts of Animal Cruelty.

Walskey bonded out of jail on May 5. Huggins remains in jail.

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