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47 dogs found living in feces and urine; owners charged

Auburndale, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office says it found 47 dogs living in deplorable conditions inside an Auburndale home on Friday night. 

The pet owners, 49-year-old Randall Huggins and 55-year-old Bernice Walskey, have each been charged 40 counts of animal cruelty.

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"I knew she had a bunch of dogs, I never would have imagined she had 47-dogs," said Chris Turlington who lives a few doors away.

"Where do you put 47 dogs in a 3-bedroom trailer?" added neighbor Larry Waddle.

Officials say they found the dogs caged and standing in their own feces and urine. They say the canines were also not provided adequate food or water. The smell inside the home is described as "overpowering" with neighbors saying Walskey would sleep in her car because of the odor.

"They had to have a cop, one cop go in with her for 15 minutes, come back out and another cop would go back in with her for 15 more minutes because they couldn't stand [the smell]."

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Sheriff's spokesperson Donna Wood says the dogs, most of which were Dachshunds, were living in cages stacked one on top of another. She says many of the dogs were malnourished, had skin, teeth and mouth issues as well as fleas and hookworm.

Wood says the couple has surrounded the dogs which are now being treated by Polk County Animal Control. She says it is too soon to tell is any of the dogs will be adopted out.

Officials say they also found illegal synthetic drugs on the property, including "Hawaiian Haze" and "Orange Krush", which are herbal alternatives to marijuana. As a result, Wood says Walskey has been charged with three counts of possession of listed drug.

Walskey is out on bond while Huggins remains in the county jail.

Walskey's family declined to comment about the case Monday afternoon when contacted by 10 News.


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