60 cats, 3 dogs removed in Deltona animal hoarding investigation
DELTONA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Over 60 cats were accepted by Halifax Humane Society (HHS) on Wednesday after being taken from a hoarding case in Deltona to the Daytona Beach area animal shelter due to poor living conditions.
Animal Control Officers said when they showed up at the house, they could smell the animal waste from the yard. When they got inside, they said the conditions were deplorable. Officers said these animals and their owners were living with feces and urine all over the house, as well as full litter boxes. Room after room was filled with junk, according to officers. They said the smell was awful, and there were flies all over the place.
For several hours, the officers rounded up the animals. One neighbor we spoke to said she never saw or smelled anything out of the ordinary.
"I could never smell anything. I've never had any interactions with them at all," she told us.
Deputies said Timothy and Renee Horne lived at the home with their 15-year-old daughter, 16-year-old son, and a 75-year-old woman with dementia. The Hornes were arrested, charged with two counts of child neglect, neglect of an elderly person, and felony animal cruelty.
On Thursday, the Hornes faced a judge on the charges. Bond was set at $1,000 each and the judge appointed a public defender to assist in the case. We are told that the son and daughter were taken to a family member's residence, and the elderly woman was taken to an area hospital.
Animal Control officers said the animals were in good condition. Most of the cats received are domestic shorthair kittens and young adults in a variety of colors and patterns.
"From what we've seen, the cats appear to be healthy, friendly and will make great pets," said HHS Community Outreach Director Tyler Stover. "We are hopeful that our feline-loving friends in the community will extend a hand to the paws in need by assisting us in finding new forever homes for these cats."
All of the cats taken to HHS are currently available for adoption or are expected to be in the upcoming days, barring unforeseen medical issues. Interested adopters can visit Halifax Humane Society at 2364 LPGA Boulevard in Daytona Beach, or browse adoptable pets on halifaxhumanesociety.org.
HHS is also seeking individuals that would be willing to foster cats on a temporary basis. Those interested in fostering can contact Michael Dombrowski at (386) 274-4703 ext. 310.