100 dogs, rabbits and other animals removed from ‘deplorable’ Florida home, sheriff says

House also filled with fleas, officials say

Clay County deputies and Animal Control officers found over 100 animals on this property off Old Jennings Road.
Clay County deputies and Animal Control officers found over 100 animals on this property off Old Jennings Road. (Sky 4/WJXT)

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – Crews rescued about 100 dogs, rabbits and other animals from a north Florida home with “deplorable conditions” on Monday, officials said.

Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook said a search warrant was served early Monday at the home in Middleburg. An investigation began several weeks ago after paramedics were called to the home for a medical emergency for someone living there.

[TRENDING: Southwest Airlines flight cancellations continue | Oviedo High football coach dies after battle with cancer | Become a News 6 Insider (it’s free!)]

Inside the home, officials found animals in cages, and the stench of animal waste, the sheriff said. The home was also filled with fleas. Livestock, including rabbits, pigs and chickens, were also found on the property.

“They observed conditions that rose to the level that required additional investigation,” the sheriff said.

Video posted on social media by the sheriff’s office shows investigators wearing biohazard suits as they removed animals from the property.