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PONCE DE LEON, Fla (WDHN) — A Ponce De Leon man is in custody after Florida authorities say he kept animals living in severe squalor, resulting in the death of four.
On Wednesday, August 23, Thomas Kelly was arrested and charged with four felony counts of Animal Cruelty Causing Death and thirty misdemeanor counts of Tormenting, Depriving, or Mutilating Animals.
According to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, deputies found animals belonging to Kelly in a trailer living in unfit and unlivable conditions, with extremely limited food and water, and most animals not having access to the minimal amount of food on the property.
Deputies say four animals died due to lack of care, and the surviving animals were given emergency veterinary care.
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We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Alaqua Animal Rescue, Walton County Sheriff’s Office Ranch/Ag Unit, and Washington County Animal Control for their assistance in this case. All of the animals were removed from the property, and received much needed nourishment, evaluation, and care.Holmes County Sheriff’s Office Release