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'Authorities Seize Over 400 Sick Animals From Florida Home'

(OCALA) Saturday, August 29, 2009 - Authorities removed 432 animals from a Citra home Thursday and Friday, to the delight of neighbors who say the menagerie was noisy and unsightly.

Almost 200 animals were living cramped inside the home, including more than 150 birds, 37 dogs and two cats. The rest, including 23 goats and sheep, 74 geese, 15 turkeys, some exotic birds, snakes and gopher tortoises, were scattered around the fenced, half-acre lot in a rural area of Citra, officials said.

Dawn Stephen, an animal compliance official for Marion County, said authorities became aware of the problem when paramedics were called to the residence to treat the female homeowner for a medical condition. They ended up taking the woman, identified as Ileana Verguizas, to the hospital. The exact nature of Verguizas's medical problem was not immediately clear.

The paramedics then alerted county o


Added: Aug-30-2009 Occurred On: Aug-28-2009
By: Smitten_Kitten
Tags: ocala, florida, authorities, seize, animals, sick, animal abuse, home, citra, smitten_kitten
Location: Citra, Florida, United States (load item map)
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