Almost a dozen animals have been seized from a property in Florida – after most of them were severely starved and covered in mold and feces. The animals had been left for so long without food that their bones were showing and their water was covered in algae. Even after a warning from police in April, the owner failed to help the animals and in fact, their conditions deteriorated.
Police released the horrifying pictures this week, showing the extremely malnourished and neglected animals.
In April, officers were carrying out a welfare check on animals when they received a tip off. On arrival at the scene, they found several animals needing urgent medical attention including a horse with its hip, rib and spinal bones showing. They also found a pen consisting of three goats and five dogs covered in feces and mold, as well as an extremely overweight pot belly pig.
The owners, Davis and Glen Gulvin, were instructed by police to have a veterinarian examine both the horse and one of the goats because they were starving. They also requested that the dogs pen be cleaned immediately and that the animals be provided with clean bedding and fresh water. The owners were warned that the animals conditions needed to change by the end of April.
But since then police had lost contact with the owner, and the conditions of the animals deteriorated.
When police revisited the property this month, they found the horse’s condition had worsened and none of the animals had access to food. Their water was covered in algae. All the animals on the property were immediately seized and moved to Animal Services in Brooksville.
Police issued both the owners with citations for animal cruelty.
David Barritt, chief campaigner for animal welfare organization Network for Animals (NFA), said he was disgusted by the owners’ behavior.
“Why keep animals if you cannot look after them? What bothers me most is that even after the police’s initial warning to them, they still chose to ignore it. These are the type of people that should never own animals of any kind,” he said.
“We are pleased to see that police are taking active steps to check on the welfare of animals in their area and this is promising. We hope they continue with their welfare checks so that abusive owners can be brought to book.”