Judge Makes Ruling in Reddick Animal Hoarding Case
Animal services called it one of the worst cases of animal hoarding in Marion County history.
Now, a judge has decided to do with more than 300 animals taken from a Reddick Property in mid-April.
After hours of testimony from witnesses on four separate court dates, Marion County Judge James Mccune decided Friday evening what to do with hundreds of animals owned by Ignacio Dulzaides.
"The court decided that Dulzaides was not fit to retain possession of the animals," Marion County Animal Services Spokesperson Elaine Deiorio said. "Those animals now are under legal custody of Marion County Animal Services."
This means more than 150 dogs, about 150 birds, and dozens of various other animals will be needing a new home.
The court ruled Dulzaides is not allowed to own animals other than livestock in the future. And that wasn't the only penalty the judge handed out.
"The court required Dulzaides to pay $5,000 to Marion County Animal Services towards the boarding fees and other expenses incurred while animal services had custody of the animals during the court process," Deiorio said.
But, Deiorio said the animals aren't ready for adoption just yet.
"Once they receive that legal court order signed by the judge which could take up to two weeks then those animals will be available for adoption," Deiorio said.
Dulzaides could be back in court again soon. Animal services is building a case to charge him with several counts of animal neglect and cruelty.
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