Rescue animals seized at DeLand area shelter - FOX 35 News Orlando

Rescue animals seized at DeLand area shelter

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DeLand Police brought out crate after crate filled with cats and dogs late into the evening from the Animal Rescue Konsortium, known as ARK.

"In order for the City of DeLand to think that his place is enough to close down and shut down, it had to be pretty bad in there as far as living conditions for the animals," said Karen Clark who watched as the animals were taken out.

Officers seized 100 cats and 26 dogs with a search warrant, after receiving numerous complaints of overcrowding and poor living conditions for the animals inside.

"It's despicable.  They should have never allowed this to happen," Clark said, adding that she was one of the people who filed a complaint about the shelter.  "Cats are in crates and not the proper size that you would see in a humane society that regulated by the state of Florida."

Several volunteers and previous owners came to pick up the precious pooches and cats which will be put in temporary homes for now.

"It makes me sick to my stomach.  I was in tears, all of us were, all the volunteers we were crying,"said Melissa Agostinachio, a supporter of the shelter.

Some familiar with the facility say the city is coming down too hard on a shelter that's only trying to good by rescuing animals in the community.

"It's just a giant overreaction.  This is ridiculous!  This should have never happened!  Our rescue is one of the best rescue places I've ever dealt with," Agostinachio said.

The police department will ask for an emergency hearing to determine a permanent home for the cats and dogs.


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