The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. — Charles Darwin
August 17, 2011 - Alachua County, Florida - Penny and Steve Lefkowitz, owners of Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary have the dubious distinction of being one of the top three cases of cat hoarding according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Florida cat hoarding case of 700 felines makes HSUS record
June: Thirty-nine cats euthanized after being confiscated from filthy home north of Orlando.
June: Nearly 700cats, many ill, removed from sanctuary near High Springs inAlachua County.
April: Twenty-five cats, 5dogs found in woman's apartment near Michigan Street and Fern Creek Avenue inOrange County.
March: Two cats, 184 dogs confiscated from couple in ruralPolk County.
February: Thirty-seven animals, including dogs, cats, pygmy goats, donkeys and an African grey parrot, seized from motor home and van in Dunnellon inMarion County.
June 2010: Owner dies, leaving 45 live cats at Pine Hills home, 56 dead cats in freezer.
April 2010: About 400 dead animals, some in cages next to live animals, some in freezers and feed bags, found with 383 starving snakes, bearded dragons, tortoises, hamsters, rabbits, cats, dogs, birds, cattle, sheep and horses in Reddick inMarion County.
November 2009: About 600 cats, many sick, removed from sanctuary in Hendry County
August 2009: Bodies of elderly couple found in home in Orlando's College Park with 20 birds, 5 cats, several dogs and 4 monkeys.
SOURCE: Sentinel research
Published on May 8, 2012 Venice/Sarasota Dog Hoarder/ Puppy Mill Before and
After video and images of some of the pups rescued by Florida Poodle Rescue.
Hoarders of 700 cats ordered to pay $6000,000 to Humane Society "The owners of the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary, from which 697 cats were seized in a case of hoarding last year, pleaded no contest Thursday to 47 counts of animal cruelty and were sentenced to 15 years of probation along with fines and a prohibition on owning or rescuing any cats.....must enter mandatory mental health treatment for hoarding. ... They must submit to inspections by the county to ensure there are no cats."Mann said."
Hoarding can be a sign of Mental Illness
Animal hoarders, some of the most prolific perpetrators of shocking animal neglect, are people who think of themselves as animal lovers, according to experts in psychology and animal advocacy.
Published on Sep 4, 2012
Over 100 animals were finally liberated from severe abuse and neglect, living in a filthy 2 bedroom condo. Rescue groups and volunteers band together to help these precious lives put their past behind them and start towards a happy new beginning.
Hoarders confine over 100 animals in their small Condo in Hialeah, FL
August 20, 2011 ~ Forty-nine Mothers and babies were found chained and diseased; hidden away in the woods in Naples, Florida. We did not participate in this Rescue but the video gives you an idea of some of the conditions backyard breeders can keep their dogs in.
Earlier this week, the ASPCA helped remove more than 100 dogs from a puppy mill in Clewiston, Florida. Huskies, Poodles and Chihuahuas were among the animals found suffering in deplorable conditions with limited access to food or water.
Published on Apr 16, 2018
Florida Yorkie Rescue received an urgent call to rescue 25 Yorkies, Malteses and Morkies from a backyard breeding puppy mill. In additional there were over 40+ cats removed too.
Sigman Hernandez arrested for beating his yorkie to death and dumping him in a Publix parking garage.
Animal cruelty suspect Sigman Hernandez has little to say to Local 10 News after he is released from jail.