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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 5/6/2013 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Arrest Auburndale Couple on Drug and Animal Cruelty Charges 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office received information about possible drug activity at a residence in Auburndale.    

At 7:46 pm, on Friday, May 3, 2013, deputies responded to 3921 Owens Road, Auburndale and made contact with one of the residents, Randall Keith Huggins, DOB 12/31/1963.  Deputies told Huggins they had received information about possible drug activity and Huggins agreed to allow deputies to search the property.

 While waiting on Huggins to secure loose dogs seen on the property, Bernice Mae Walskey, DOB 10/23/1957, arrived.  Walskey also denied having drugs on the property. 

A PCSO K-9 assisting with the investigation alerted to the odor of narcotics in Walskey’s vehicle.  When deputies searched the vehicle, two large bags of a green leafy material were located.  The material was identified as “Hawaiian Haze and Orange Krush” herbal alternatives to marijuana.  Additional items used for packing and distributing illegal narcotics were also located. 

While conducting the drug possession investigation, deputies contacted PCSO Agriculture deputies requesting their assistance with 47 dogs found on the property.  The dogs were confined in cages stacked on top of each other inside the residence in deplorable conditions. The dogs were standing in their own feces and urine and were not provided food and water.  

The odor of feces and urine was overwhelming inside the residence. The dogs had not been out of the cages and were not provided room for exercise or change of air. Many of the dogs suffered signs of malnutrition, skin conditions and fleas.  

During the course of the investigation an additional fourteen pounds of a green herb and several bags of chemicals commonly used to produce synthetic cannaboid.   

The animals were taken to the PCSO Animal Control facility.  A veterinary evaluation will determine the dog's overall health.  

Huggins was charged with 40 counts of Animal Cruelty, and, Walskey charged with three counts of Possession of Listed Drug and 40 counts of Animal Cruelty. 

Walskey bonded out of jail on May 5, 2013.  Huggins remains in jail.