Two St. Lucie County residents were taken into custody after more than 20 malnourished and abused dogs were located Wednesday on a wooded lot near Fort Pierce.
Deputies arrested Andreo Denetrick Hunt, 44, and Shayla D. Wade, 31, each on 22 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. The were arrested after the sheriff’s office found 22 dogs, most of them Pit Bulls, at a rental home on an 11-acre wooded lot in the 1300 block of Angle Road, south of Fort Pierce Westwood High School.
The dogs were tied up with heavy chains and had little or no water and food available, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Two of the dogs were unable to walk and had to be taken to an emergency treatment facility on a stretcher.
“The scene was absolutely disgusting,” Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said.
The property owner who does not live at the home called 911 upon finding the animals. Wade was found inside the home and indicated she know the dogs were on the property, the sheriff’s office said.
Hunt, identified as a friend of Wade’s, also admitted to knowing the dogs were on the property and to feeding them.
Both were booked into the St. Lucie County Jail. The bond amount was not available as of Wednesday evening.