SPRING HILL, Fla. - A Hernando County woman has been charged with animal cruelty after deputies found 24 dogs, two cats and two birds in her home.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a home on Cobra Drive in Spring Hill after an investigator from the Department of Children and Families contacted them with concerns about living conditions in the home.
Upon arrival, deputies say the home was dirty and they could smell urine from outside. They also noted that the home did not have running water.
44-year-old Jennie Card told deputies she had a lot of dogs and that two of them might try to bite deputies if they went inside.
Deputies called the Animal Enforcement Unit to the home and found a total of 24 dogs, two cats and two birds inside.
Once inside, deputies found the floor of the home completely covered in feces and urine.
Animal Service Officers found one dog extremely malnourished and in severe distress with an injured back right paw. They said the bones on the paw were exposed and had been bandaged using duct tape.
They also found a malnourished cat with a wound on its neck that was covered in puss and emitting a foul odor.
All of the animals were seized by Animal Services. A child was also removed from the property by the DCF.
Card told deputies while she was the primary caregiver for all of the animals she could not afford to pay for medical treatment for any of them.
She arrested on two counts of animal cruelty and her bond was set at $2,000.