ST. PETERSBURG, Fla - A St. Petersburg man is facing one count of felony animal cruelty and eight counts of misdemeanor animal neglect after seven of the eight dogs, including puppies he was caring for had to be euthanized because the animals were emaciated and suffered from internal parasites.
Anthony Duane Stanislas, 21, of 737 17th Avenue South was arrested Friday.
St. Petersburg Police and Pinellas County Animal Services were called out to Stanislas' St. Petersburg home in June because a neighbor complained via phone of animal abuse. Inside, officers say they found an adult female pitbull, six puppies and young Rottweiler/Pitt bull mix in abusive conditions in a makeshift dog run in the back of the house.
Animal Service Officers took the dogs. One puppy died enroute. The young Rottweiler mix was able to be adopted, but the other puppies and the mother dog had to be euthanized because of poor health brought on by neglect.
Stanislas is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on $18,000 bond.
The felony animal cruelty charge carries with it a penalty of five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. Each misdemeanor charge of animal neglect carries with it a penalty of one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.
Anyone who has reason to believe that an animal is being abused or neglected should call Pinellas County Animal Services at 727.582.2600 of their local law enforcement agency.