Two people face charges after 22 abused and malnourished dogs were discovered Wednesday at a home in the 1300 block of Angle Road in Fort Pierce, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.
The home on an 11-acre wooded lot was a rental and the discovery was made by the property owner who does not live on the site, the sheriff's office said.
The owner called 911 to report the discovery.
“The scene was absolutely disgusting,” Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said in a statement. “The dogs were tied up with heavy chains around the necks, very tight-fitting collars, had no source of water or dog food and were covered in mange and sores. Two were unable to walk and had to be taken to emergency treatment on a stretcher.”
Most of the dogs are pit bulls.
Deputies arrested Shayla D. Wade, 31, and Andreo Denetrick Hunt, 44, on 22 charges of aggravated animal cruelty