Dog rescue facing charges after 261 dogs are seized

Posted By elaine on May 27, 2010

The owners of a dog rescue organization Florida face animal cruelty charges after authorities reportedly seized hundreds of dogs.

The sheriff’s office reports that deputies and animal control officers responded to the Mid-Florida Retriever Rescue Wednesday following an anonymous complaint. Officials began inspecting and removing dogs from the property. Many of the dogs were malnourished, infested with fleas and parasites and in very poor health.

Photo: Tampa Tribune

All 261 dogs – 35 of which were puppies – had been taken away by Thursday morning. The married couple who ran the nonprofit organization, 54-year-old Charles O’Malley and 52-year-old Diane O’Malley, were arrested and charged with 261 counts each of animal cruelty.  Bail information wasn’t immediately available.

From the Miami Herald and the Tampa Tribune:

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