WESTVILLE, Fla. (WDHN) — Two Westville residents are facing felony animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered 90 dogs suffering from numerous health conditions at their home.
The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to the home of Ferrell D. Godfrey, 55, and Marianne L. Godfrey, 60, Monday afternoon for an unrelated complaint.
When they arrived, they discovered that around 90 dogs were being held at the home in various states of poor health.
“Many of the animals appeared to be (severely) malnourished and/or seriously injured and suffering from mange or untreated wounds,” the sheriff’s office stated in a press release.
Many dogs were “chained to trees or crowded together in an outside pen,” all without any fresh water or food.
Authorities charged both Godfreys with felony animal cruelty.
Currently, the sheriff’s office is telling those who believe a dog of theirs was kept at the Godfrey home to contact the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, which is helping with the situation. A few days will be needed for the shelter to evaluate and catalog the animals.
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