Maria Crespo and her mother Teresa Horta Barrial were jailed in Miami-Dade on Thursday in lieu of $153,500 bail and now face 154 charges of animal cruelty after authorities seized 89 dogs and other animals living in deplorable conditions in the women's Southeast Miami-Dade home.
According to Miami cbslocal.com, an anonymous tip to the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department led authorities to the shocking discovery of dogs living in cages filled with three inches of urine and feces. Other animals including ferrets, parakeets, and sugar gliders were also removed from the home.
In response to the horrible conditions the animals were being kept, Crespo responded:
“They are not without food, not without love, because all of them had love. Even though there were a lot of dogs all of them had love. Some of them were rescued from the street. I picked them up and (sic) because I don’t like seeing dogs in the street.”
The Animal Legal Defense Fund states that animal hoarding is one of the most egregious forms of animal cruelty with 72% of the hoarders being women. Animals suffer horribly and the misery can continue for years before the situation is discovered. Most commonly dogs and cats are the victims, and suffer from malnutrition, untreated medical conditions and psychological distress.
Statistics reveal that 250,000 animals annually are victims of hoarding situations. Tragically the number of animal victims have doubled in the last four years.
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