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Hoarding Case, Neglect or Animal Cruelty?

When a large number of dogs are neglected and in terrible condition on one property, is it hoarding case, neglect, or animal cruelty? Or all of the above?

Clay County Animal Services has been quietly dealing with yet another hoarding/neglect/cruelty case. We didn’t want to say anything publicly until all the dogs were off the property. As you can see, this goes beyond simple neglect.

Even worse, Clay still has 10 dogs from the previous hoarding case. On top of that, there was another Mama with 10 more puppies in the shelter who needed a plan, and every single kennel at the shelter is full.

Florida Urgent Rescue (FUR) reached out to Steve Carriere at Florida State Animal Response Coalition for help. Steve reached out to Sherry Silk, President of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations (FAAWO) and CEO of Humane Society of Tampa Bay, as well as to Shelley Thayer, CEO of SPCA Florida and VP of FAAWO. Sherry and Shelley sent the word to shelters throughout the state, and with their help, a plan came together.

𝟮𝟵 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗗𝗼𝗴𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗦𝗼 𝗙𝗮𝗿…

— The Humane Society of Tampa Bay took in another mama and 10 puppies, thanks to Sherry Silk and Danyelle Van Horn.

— Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach took in a mama and 10 puppies who were in the shelter, thanks to Sue Berry and Jane Tomsich.

— Dr. Cynda Crawford at the UF Shelter Medicine Program took in the dog with the worst skin condition.

Unforgettable Paws took in one dog

We had a lot of FUR fosters and volunteers scrambling behind the scenes to make this happen.

— Meri West did the 9 hour round trip drive to Peggy Adams in West Palm Beach with a mama and a litter of puppies.

— Tammy Bush and her daughter Mallory drove the other mama and newborn puppies to Ocala, where they met Mike, a volunteer from the shelter, for the handoff heading to Tampa.

— Kristen Davis offered to foster one dog, and Alyssa Hernandez offered to foster 2 more, but she was out of town, so Kristen offered to take all 3 temporarily.

— Amie Hagar is fostering Feyra

— Walt and Shelli Shay came to the rescue once again, fostering 2 dogs, with Andrea Lepianka transporting them as usual.

— Amy and Marshall Silcox are fostering Bagheera (now Jasmine). Amie Hagar helped coordinate the trip, and Bryen Olive transported her.

— Kevin Dykes did the round trip from Ormond Beach to the Clay shelter to bring the pup to Unforgettable Paws near Orlando

— As always, thank you Valerie and Susan for working behind the scenes to put a plan together.

𝟭𝟮 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗗𝗼𝗴𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻

2 more dogs from the new case are 'rescue only' and still need a plan, as well as 10 dogs from the previous hoarding case. All 12 are already spayed/neutered. FUR can help transport them pretty much anywhere in Florida, the Midwest or East Coast. We don’t want to send them somewhere they will be in danger later, though.

Information about the remaining hoarding dogs, including medical histories, is available at:

Please let us know if you can help!


When there is a hoarding case or a hurricane, a dog with a gunshot wound or a cruelty case, we have to act quickly. Sick and injured animals need help fast. Every donation helps, but Monthly donors give us flexibility to respond immediately when there is an emergency. We don't have time to do a fundraiser, and wait for those funds to get to us. Your monthly donation can help us save lives again and again.

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