Deputies find U-Haul truck full of animals behind Spring Hill Publix

SPRING HILL, Fla. - A locked U-Haul truck full of animals in plastic containers was found by deputies behind a Spring Hill Publix supermarket.  According to a release, it's the result of animal hoarding and a court order.

Deputies were alerted to the truck by officials in neighboring Pasco County on Tuesday.

When they located the truck at County Line Road and mariner Boulevard, the deputies could hear animals "In obvious distress" inside.  The plastic containers they were in were similar to Tupperware containers and the temperature in the back of the truck was "extremely hot."

In all, deputies counted a total of 50 cats and three dogs.

It's believed their owner, 52-year-old Frances Terry Evans, parked the truck behind the Publix to hide them.  She was under a court order to surrender the animals to Pasco County officials by May 21.

39 of the cats were in such bad shape they had to be euthanized.

Evans is now facing animal cruelty charges.

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