Two pit bulls have been rescued from a home where they were locked up in a garage, living in their own feces and urine, with no food or water.
According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report, police found the female and male pit bulls after being contacted by Animal Care and Control about a home located in Loxahatchee.[jump]
Upon arriving to the home located on 16700 E. Wiltshire Drive, the officers noticed that the property seemed empty and in disrepair.
The report says the officers noticed that the house was empty, and the yard overgrown. They then noticed a strong odor of feces and urine, as they approached the home's garage door.
Just outside the garage doors, they could hear the whimpering of dogs.
The report also says the officers' clothes were suddenly covered in fleas just from standing next to the garage doors. The odor and the area was so toxic, the officers had to go back to their squad cars to put on protective gear.
They then entered the garage, and found the two dogs. The walls and floor were covered in feces and urine, and the food and water bowls near the dogs were completely empty. Both animals were infested with fleas, and appeared emaciated. The male dog looked worse than the female dog, according to the report.
The dogs were taken to Animal Care and Control where they received proper treatment for fleas, and heart worm. The examining vet said the dogs were starving.
Police were able to track down Ashley Hartwick Prior, the owner of the dogs. She had told police that she had been living in the home with her boyfriend, but that the home belonged to a friend. Power had apparently been shut off to the house. She told police that the owner of the home had been given instructions to feed and care for the dogs.
Prior was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.