Michael Hill of the 2200 block of Southeast Morningside Boulevard in Port St. Lucie, Fla. was arrested on Thursday and charged with four counts of animal cruelty. Hill's dogs were seized by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control on July 31.
The four pit bulls lived in horrible conditions. The dog named Lady whose injuries were so severe, was recommended by veterinarians to be humanely euthanized. Lady Jr. presented with head wounds and could not put any weight on her right front leg. Bucky was thin and had an infected leg. Blacky had no water and had wounds on his face and legs.
Lady had been kept in a cage, while the other dogs had been tethered with chains. The investigation was in response to reports that the dogs were tied out in the heat with no shade or water
There have been repeated complaints of animal cruelty about Hill for years. Several times animals have been removed from his custody.
"We need better laws to protect our animals. Owners shouldn't be allowed to keep having their pets taken away for this kind of neglect and then be allowed to get more animals. Here is the perfect example of the cruelty that even more animals have to put up with when animal protection laws are too lenient," stated George Carstens of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. "Negligent and cruel owners need to be stopped permanently from ever owning animals after they've been convicted of animal cruelty. It's even more reason we need an animal abuser registry. My family who come from New York tell me that's already in the works. We could use that down here too."
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