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Dogs rescued from Dixie County cruelty case available for adoption next week in Tampa Bay area

Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 18:49:09-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cash just got to the Tampa Bay Human Society and he’s already a favorite.

But the Beagle mix will need some love and care.

Cash is one of 13 dogs brought here part of a massive animal cruelty case in Dixie County.

Authorities rescued about 145 dogs from a property where they were living in terrible conditions.

“The dogs were kept in these hutch like cages which we really haven’t seen before. And the cages we’re covered in feces and urine," said Tampa Bay Humane Society spokesperson Maria Matlack.

All the dogs brought here have heart worm and skin issues.

But they are being treated and the humane society says they’ll be healthy and ready for adoption next week.

There’s even a Chihuahua named Chip.

“They come in different age ranges as well. All of our dogs range from one to nine years old," said Matlack.

The rest of the dogs were brought to other shelters around the state.

Back in Dixie County, deputies are investigating whether some of these dogs were stolen.

Five people were arrested. And animal skulls were even found on the property.