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Protesters urge Alachua County Animal Services take action against dog owner claimed to be abusing pets

Updated: May. 15, 2021 at 6:58 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Nearly 20 residents, neighbors or animal advocates protested outside of animal services with claims that Loren Cava has dragged and hit her dogs for over 20 years.

Frustrated residents like Rachel Borklund, said they have heard the dogs crying and howling and they have sent videos and filed multiple affidavits to animal control.

“The neighbors continuously for 20 years have been calling and asking for help and they’re just ignored,” Borklund said.

Alachua County director of communications, Mark Sexton said Cava was asked to attend a mandatory veterinary screening and has been complying with the veterinarian’s recommendations.

“The vet suggested some care that’s needed for the dogs and we are carefully monitoring the dogs to make sure that that care is being followed and so far the indications are that it is being followed,” Sexton said.

Cathi Campbell said she’s witnessed the dogs being abused and has offered Cava dog food and she refused.

Campbell was mostly concerned that the dogs weren’t eating enough.

“From what I was told the vet said there’s nothing wrong with the dogs besides the raw paws that were caused by them walking around on raw concrete,” Campbell said. “But the fact is they’re emaciated, she just does not feed them enough.”

Protesters said the first report made against Cava was made in 1997, so they protested at animal services to make sure she can never own another pet again.

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“We’re not going to stop until this is done and the dogs need to get out first,” neighbor Kathryn Boston said. “Then, we have to make sure that she legally can not own another animal and then we need to make sure that these same rules be implemented to other situations that are probably happening and not getting taken care of.”

Director at Alachua County Animal Services, Ed Williams said there is an open investigation into allegations being made.

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