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Hundreds of animals found in filth

Last Updated: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 10:31

Ocala: Authorities say they`ve taken more than 400 animals, including sheep, goats, ducks and even four endangered turtles, from a filthy central Florida home.
Marion County Sheriff`s officials investigated Friday and removed dead and living animals from the home of Ileana Verguizas and Andrew Gonzalo Perez. The animals, many covered in fleas and matted with feces, were kept in crates and pens. Cats, dogs, rabbits and parrots were also among the animals found.

Authorities said Verguizas and Perez were trying to raise quail and kept their eggs for months, hoping they would hatch. Some rotted and exploded.

No arrests have been made but authorities say an animal cruelty investigation is ongoing. Officials hope to rehabilitate all the animals for adoption.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 10:31

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