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Dozens of dogs removed from Altamonte Springs home to be adopted

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Dozens of dogs removed from an Altamonte Springs home on Thursday will be available for adoption.

After undergoing a medical assessment, officials with Seminole County Animal Services and the SPCA of Central Florida said they will hold a special adoption event on Saturday for approximately 65 of the 117 dogs which were seized.

The dogs appear healthy and are adjusting t their new environment, officials said.  

The dogs will be placed up for adoption on a first come, first serve basis at two locations:

  • Seminole County Animal Services, located at 232 Bush Blvd. in Sanford (directly behind the courthouse on U.S. 17/92).
  • SPCA of Central Florida at located at 2727 Conroy Rd. Orlando.

Hours for the event will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.   Adoption prices will vary in price and officials said they will be accepting cash or checks only.

The Altamonte Springs Fire Department on Thursday received an anonymous tip from a caller who expressed concern about multiple dogs at a house in the San Sebastian Hills subdivision.  

Animal services workers and volunteers said they were not prepared for what they found when they arrived.   

They said they discovered the dogs, many of them emaciated or malnourished, living right on top of one another.  They said the conditions inside the home were so bad, they were forced to wear hazardous material suits. 

"The house, you could not even navigate through," said Altamonte Springs Police spokesman Robert Pelton. 

The owner of the animals, a legally blind man, was living in the garage of the house as the rest of his home was "overrun" with dogs, according to investigators.

While many of the dogs were weak, none had died, which is why the owner will not face animal cruelty charges.

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