47 dogs found caged in deplorable conditions inside Auburndale home
11:57 AM, May 6, 2013
4:10 PM, May 6, 2013
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - During a drug investigation at an Auburndale home, Polk County deputies discovered dozens of dogs living in deplorable conditions.
On Friday, deputies found 47 dogs on the property of a home located at 3921 Owens Road. The dogs were confined to cages, which were stacked on top of each other.
Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control officers and Agriculture deputies were called to the scene to help deputies.
The dogs were found standing in their own feces and urine, and were not provided food or water, according to a release from the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office also said the odor of feces and urine was overwhelming inside the residence.
All of the animals have been taken to the PCSO Animal Control facility, where they are being looked over.
During the investigation, deputies discovered two large bags of Hawaiian Haze and Orange Krush inside a vehicle. Both are marijuana alternatives. Packing and distribution materials were also found.
Once inside the home, deputies discovered 14 pounds of a green herb and several bags of chemicals used to produce synthetic marijuana.
Deputies arrested Randall Keith Huggins, 49, and Bernice Mae Walskey, 55, both of Auburndale. Huggins has been charged him with 40 counts of Animal Cruelty. Walskey was charged with three counts of Drug Possession and 40 counts of Animal Cruelty.
Walskey bonded out of jail on May 5, 2013. Huggins remains in jail.