On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, PCSO Agricultural Crimes deputies arrested a Lake Wales couple and PCSO Animal Control Officers removed 84 animals from their home after investigation revealed the animals were in the home without adequate food and water.
The investigation began on Tuesday evening, September 6, 2011, in response to complaints from neighbors about the residence located at 4845 Oleno Avenue in Lake Wales about strong smells and numerous animals at that home. Agricultural Crimes deputies responded to the home, but nobody answered the door. The deputies stayed for awhile and then left a note on the door for the residents to contact them. They also asked the neighbors to call them when the residents showed up. Neighbors called the deputies back around 10:30 p.m. that evening to let them know the residents were home. PCSO responded back out to the scene.
Once on scene, the deputies observed that the home had no electricity or running water, and inside the home was a large amount of animals without food or water. Several of the dogs observed by the deputies had matted hair and fleas, and were in need of dental care. The suspects, Buddy Alan McCann, DOB 12/3/1977, and Kelly Elizabeth Ryan, DOB 2/4/1973, advised only one of the 47 dogs in the home had been seen by a vet in the last year.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence and PCSO Animal Control responded to take the animals from the home to be evaluated by the PCSO Animal Control staff.
In all, 84 animals were seized:
McCann and Ryan were placed under arrest and charged with 84 counts each Animal Cruelty – Abandoning/Confining Animal Without Food or Water. They have been booked into the Polk County Jail.
The animals that were seized are part of an ongoing investigation and are not at this time available for adoption.