Animal Control recently responded to a complaint about a foul odor coming from a local residence.
On Thursday night, 37 dogs were found inside the home in poor and unsanitary conditions, according to a press release from Marion County.
A majority of the dogs were locked inside crates with filth and waste caked onto their fur. Some of the dogs had long nails that made it difficult to walk.
Considerable hair loss and dental issues were among the other issues that Animal Control discovered at the residence.
All of the dogs were brought to Marion County Animal Services for medical exams and rehabilitative care. They will remain at MCAS while legal action is taken against the owner of the dogs.
The owner was previously enjoined in 2015 and was not permitted to own any new pets. In 2018, the owner was found in contempt of court after violating that enjoinment order.
MCAS is seeking legal custody of the dogs with the intention of finding good quality homes for each of them after they have been nurtured back to health.
Due to the arrival of the additional dogs, the county’s animal shelter located at 5701 SE 66th Street in Ocala is now overcrowded. MCAS announced on Thursday that all adoption fees are being waived for the remainder of the year.
For more information, or to view a photo listing of the pets available for adoption, visit the Marion County Animal Services website.