A Florida dog breeder has been charged with animal cruelty following the discovery of 11 dead puppies at his kennel operation in Hernando County. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office identified Jian Karlos Ortiz Mendez, operator of Golden Kennel LLC, in Brooksville, as the man responsible for the puppies’ deaths.
In a release, the authorities detailed how the investigation started:
Animal Enforcement Officer M. Rowe obtained the Inspection Warrant as part of an ongoing investigation into sick puppies being housed at, and sold from, the kennel. During the investigation, Rowe received information that several puppies had recently been sold from the kennel and within days of being sold, some of the puppies died of Canine parvovirus.*
According to the release, ACO Rowe responded to the property on Weatherly Road, and Mendez refused to allow him full access to the puppies. The Sheriff’s Office said:
As Rowe spoke to Ortiz Mendez in the office, she did observe a very sick puppy on the floor and questioned him about the condition of the puppy. Ortiz Mendez told Rowe that his veterinarian “was aware.
An inspection warrant was acted upon on March 2, and that is when ACO Rowe found the dead puppies. The release states:
Rowe located 11 dead puppies, improperly disposed of in garbage cans on the property.
Eight puppies were seized from the kennel operation and taken to veterinarians for care – all of the puppies displayed symptoms of Parvo.
Deputies arrested Jian Karlos Ortiz Mendez DOB/12-09-1986, charging him with 11 counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty and one misdemeanor count of Animal Neglect, stemming from a lack of water to kenneled dogs. His bond was set at $23,000.
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