Couple charged after dogs found chained to trees and crammed in pens

Couple charged: Approximately 90 dogs found chained to trees or crammed in pens

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A Florida couple has been charged following a disturbing discovery this month at their residence in Holmes County. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office released information regarding the cruelty case involving an estimated 90 dogs who were living in squalor with 55-year-old Ferrell D. Godfrey and 60-year-old Marianne L. Godfrey at 1478 Peak Road.

According to the news release, the dogs were chained to trees or crammed into an outside pen without access to food or water. Many of the dogs were found to be suffering from malnourishment and/or seriously injured and plagued with injuries and untreated wounds.

The Alaqua Animal Refuge assisted in the rescue effort and is seeking assistance to care for the influx of dogs. On August 8, the animal welfare agency wrote:

How can you help? Please consider making a donation to their care, as it is going to put a huge strain on our organization’s resources to take in this many dogs at one time. Click here to help:

All of these dogs appear to be very friendly and non-aggressive. There are all types of breeds and would benefit from being fostered. Please consider fostering and to get started, go to this link:

While investigating this case, it was revealed that Marianne Godfrey has previous animal cruelty charges in Houston County, Alabama from 2011. It was also revealed that at least one of the dogs found on the property was stolen out of South Florida.

The Godfreys are each charged with felony animal cruelty.

(Images via Facebook)

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3 replies
  1. Larry says:

    These people need to be exposed to the same conditions as the dogs they had. Chain them to trees, deny them access to food and water, beat the crap out them and leave their wounds untreated. Even that is too good for them. I hope the media will publicize their crimes along with their pictures. If either of them have jobs they should be fired and if they are receiving any form of public assistance, that should be immediately terminated. Many many years in prison should definitely be in their future.


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