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Authorities in Altamonte Springs, Florida, have charged a 36-year-old woman, Tonya Grose, with cruelty to animals following a distressing animal well-being check. The investigation uncovered a horrifying scene of neglect and mistreatment of animals in her care. Grose’s actions have left the local animal shelter overwhelmed, prompting a call for public assistance in adopting pets to make space for these neglected animals.
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The alarm bells rang when Seminole County Animal Services sought assistance from the Altamonte Springs Police Department for an animal well-being check at Tonya Grose’s residence on Ballard Street. Upon arrival, officers were immediately met with a nauseating stench of urine and feces coming from inside the house. The situation escalated from there.
Inside the home, officers discovered numerous underweight dogs confined to cages, with no access to food or water. The deplorable conditions were exacerbated by the presence of several cats living amidst filth, urine, and cockroaches. Disturbingly, officers found birds kept in cages, which were covered in feces and infested with roaches.
The horrors extended to the backyard, where more emaciated dogs were found in cages. In a shed with no ventilation, several dogs were confined without proper care or attention. Then, officers found 15 large trash bags filled with animal carcasses in varying states of decomposition, alongside a dog skeleton.
In total, authorities rescued over 40 animals from Grose’s residence. These neglected animals were immediately transferred to Seminole County Animal Services for care and rehabilitation. The influx of animals has placed a significant strain on the shelter, which was already at capacity. In response, the shelter had to relocate some animals to a local boarding facility and pair adoptable animals together to maximize available space.
As a result of the shocking discovery, Tonya Grose is currently in custody at the Seminole County jail on a $10,000 bail. She now faces criminal charges for the appalling treatment of animals under her care. The charges of cruelty to animals reflect the seriousness of her actions and the consequences she may ultimately face for her neglect and mistreatment of these innocent creatures.
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