It's being called one of the worst cases of animal hoarding in Marion County history, and a Reddick man could be facing several charges of animal cruelty.
Shocked, surprised and mind blowing. That's how one resident described her reaction when she heard the news that over 400 animals were taken from Ignacio Dulzaides' secluded residence on NW 100th St. in Reddick Thursday evening and Friday morning.
Only giving her first name, Marilyn bought a Chihuahua from Dulzaides and says his animals always seemed well taken care of.
"I know him to sell healthy puppies," she said. "He's honest, he even let me pay off my puppy because I couldn't afford to pay it all at once, I have the highest regard for this man."
But after finding nearly 350 dead animals all over Dulzaides' 50-acre property, including some kept in a freezer and others that had been decaying in cages for weeks, Marion County officials may not hold him in such high regard.
"Animal services is building their case so that they can send the case forward to the state attorney's office on charges of animal cruelty and neglect," Animal Services Spokesperson Elaine Deiorio said.
While Dulzaides' future is uncertain, one thing is clear. More than 400 animals will not be returning back to his home. They are now in the hands of marion county animal services, and it could take about a month before they're able to find a new home.
OCALA, Fla. -- Many of the nearly 400 animals seized from an Ocala home in April were up for adoption at Marion County Animal Services on Wednesday night.
It was one of the worst cases of hoarding that Marion County Animal Control officials said they had ever seen.
In addition to the hundreds of animals seized, another 350 animals -- dogs, cats, birds, cows, horses, sheep and reptiles -- were found dead all over Ignacio Dulzaides' 50-acre property, animal control officials said.
"They varied from lying out in the yard to decomposing, some left in cages, placed in bags in a freezer," said Elaine Deiorio, of MCAS.
It has been nearly six months since MCAS brought in the animals, filling up two rooms at the shelter.
For details about adopting the rescued animals, visit the Animal Center at 5701 SE 66th St., call 352-671-8700 or visithttp://www.marioncountyfl.org/AnimalCenter/Animal_Default.aspx.