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Sleepy Hollow Dog Rescue hoarding

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Hudson, Fla – According to, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department responded to complaints of dogs barking and people yelling on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Upon arrival deputies found over 50 dogs, most of them in crates.

On Monday, December 2, 2013, animal control went back out to the same home to check on the dogs, horses, and other animals. Animal control determined that they were hoarding, because they had far too many dogs there, so the county seized the animals. WTSP.COM, stated “A code enforcement report from Sunday indicated that the house was full of feces and urine.”

WTSP.COM, went on to say,

The property owners, Linda and Joseph Romeo, and their daughter Jo-Lynn Romeo, run a charity called Sleepy Hollow Dog Rescue. But this rescue has been restless. For a time, all the dogs were in North Carolina at a relative's house. But according to the Davie County Sheriff's Office, the owner of the North Carolina house did not want the dogs and so recently, they were all trucked back to Florida.

Back on Montour Drive, one neighbor noticed the big transport truck.

"It was huge," said Judy, who declined to give her last name. And had questions about where all the dogs came from.

"My concern is that we've had so many dogs missing in the neighborhood - lots of them," she said.

People at the house declined to speak with reporters gathered on the road. They voluntarily gave custody to animal services, but the county shelter is full too, so other rescue groups are now getting involved.

Altogether 66 dogs were seized along with other animals. The animals were all being kept in crates in a barn on the property.

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