LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – Details are emerging about a disturbing case of animal cruelty in Pinellas County.
Deputies arrested 38-year-old Terrell Coley over the weekend. Investigators said the two children were living in squalid conditions, along with 32 pit bulls, in handcrafted wooden kennels.
Deputies from Pinellas County and animal services removed them from Coley’s home Saturday. Four of the dogs suffered minor injuries, according to Animal Services.
Court documents said Coley was conducting unlicensed breeding and engaged in a dog fighting operation.
Delegates said two children under the age of 14 were being cared for by Coley and there was no food or supplies in the house. The children are fine and are staying with a family member, according to PCSO
“Years ago, it should have been taken care of,” says Linden Brown.
Linden Brown knew Coley very well. He said that they were neighbors for several years and that he became interested in the dogs after that.
“We have filed an affidavit with animal control, the agency that enforces the rule. I even got in touch with the district supervisor, who referred me back to the code enforcement agency,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of things-if things that we can’t explain.”
Animal services responded to Coley’s address nine times prior to the event because of concerns about rights and barking.
“It’s always been about us,” said Doug Brightwell, Pinellas County Animal Services Manager. “We already know the owner of this dog and the activities in question, but again, sometimes it takes nothing more than a good time as well as anything else to get the respite you deserve. need.”
Brown said he fought for years to get the dogs in a safe environment.
“It just reaffirms all the information, pictures and documents that we have presented to animal control, which they refuse to respond to and deal with before it reaches an area,” Brown said. other neighborhoods. “[Hopefully this will] discourage anyone else trying to use the loopholes of life in unincorporated Largo to do things they shouldn’t be doing illegally. “
Deputies also found cocaine, firearms and ammunition inside the house. A large amount of white powder was found and test results are pending.
Coley was arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect, four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, 29 counts of animal cruelty, two counts of possession of a weapon, one count of possession ammunition from a person convicted of a felony, one count of possession of cocaine. Additional fees are pending.
Coley was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
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