Florida kennel owner charged with selling sick puppies who died within a week at their new homes

In Brooksville, Florida, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 34-year-old kennel owner on Tuesday and charged him with animal cruelty after 11 dead puppies were found at his kennel. Jian Karlos Ortiz Mendez is being held in jail in lieu of a $23,000 bond.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office statement, deputies believe several “very sick” puppies that had been sold died within a week of going to their new homes. An investigation began at the Golden Kennel after reports of sick puppies being sold and dying. Several of the puppies had succumbed to Canine parvovirus within days of having been sold.

At the kennel, a deputy observed a “very sick puppy” on the floor who Mendez claimed that his veterinarian had been notified. After serving a search warrant, 11 dead puppies were found and improperly disposed of in trash cans.

Eight puppies were seized from the property and sent to local veterinarians for treatment. Each of the puppies exhibited signs consistent with Canine parvovirus. An additional misdemeanor count of animal neglect was filed against Ortiz Mendez after investigators say they discovered a lack of water for the kennel dogs.
The Golden Kennel and their Instagram account shows puppies and dogs of various breeds for sale.
The remaining 138 dogs were left on the property under the care of the kennel staff. Mendez’s kennel license will be revoked by the Hernando County Animal Services, and no dog or puppy can be removed or sold from the property unless under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. The sheriff’s office rescued eight puppies from the property and have since shown signs of parvo virus.
For more information about Parvo virus, please click here. The highly contagious virus affects a dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Unvaccinated dogs and puppies under the age of four-months are the most at risk.

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