Martina Alfonso, who resides on the 11000 block of Orange Grove Blvd. in the Acreage section of Palm Beach County, has been charged with 32 counts of improper confinement of animals on Monday after authorities seized 58 dogs from her property earlier in April reported wptv.com.
Alfonso, 31, who told the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control she ran a rescue organization called Big N Small Paws, breeds French and English bulldogs.
The Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Hazmat team had to be called in to help remove the animals in the house because of the noxious ammonia odors from the unsanitary conditions.
In addition to the 58 dogs removed from the property, authorities also removed three cats, one goat, two hedgehogs, one pig, and a parrot.
All of the dogs needed veterinarian care; they were full of fleas and suffering from skin conditions. An Italian greyhound was seriously ill and had to be humanely euthanized. Two puppies have since died.
More than 32 of the dogs were kept in the garage in cages with scarcely enough room for the animal to even turn around. There was no food or water available.
Alfonso remains in the West Detention Center in Belle Glade in lieu of $9,000 bond.
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