Man arrested after 3 dead dogs, 1 dying dog found in Edgewater house, police say

William Demchick, 43, was arrested

William Demchick, 43, faces four counts of felony animal cruelty, according to the Edgewater Police Department. (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

EDGEWATER, Fla. – A man was arrested after police found three dead dogs and one dying dog in an Edgewater home on Friday while investigating an animal complaint, according to the department.

The Edgewater Police Department said a home inspector reported the house owned by William Demchick, 43, was in “deplorable condition.”

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During a search of the home, three dogs were found dead inside small cages and another was provided emergency medial assistance before also dying, according to investigators.

Police officers saw a “large amount” of animal feces covering the floors, according to reports. Officers also said they saw spiders, cockroaches and cob webs.

Demchick was identified as the homeowner and owner of the dogs, police said. Demchick was subsequently arrested on four counts of felony animal cruelty, according to officers.

The dog that was taken for medical treatment, Sasha, was underweight and dehydrated, a charging affidavit said. The Edgewater Animal Shelter told police that Sasha also had fleas, worms and bed bugs, according to the charging affidavit.

When questioned, Demchick told officers he did not have time to bury the dogs and did not have time to clean up the house, according to the charging affidavit.

Police said Demchick was being taken into custody when they learned that Sasha died at the shelter. Demchick “appeared to show no emotion” when he was told that Sasha died, the charging affidavit showed.

Demchick was booked into Volusia County jail, where he is being held on a $40,000 bond.

This is an ongoing investigation.


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