PHOTOS: 21 dogs, cats removed from Pasco residence now need loving homes

PASCO, Fla. (WFLA) -- If you are looking to add a pet to your family, you might want to check out more than 20 dogs and cats that were recently removed from a home in Pasco County.

Pasco County Animal Services removed the four dogs and 17 cats from a home in Spring Hill on Wednesday.

The animals are currently being checked out to determine their current health condition.

The dogs and cats were all voluntarily surrendered to Pasco Animal Services and the owner, Julia Mathis, was helpful during the animal control officers' investigation. Mathis was issued a citation for not having the dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies.

"They wasn't hurt. They wasn't hungry, 'cause I fed them good. Took care of them good. I doctor them myself when they got sick," Mathis said.

Concerned neighbor, Ronna Kistler said, "It was a bad situation. No animal needs to go through that. No animal. I wouldn't want to be in a cage, so small that I couldn't move around. Never come out. Living in my own feces."

Pasco Animal Services said their main goal in these cases is to work closely with the owners, educate them on the dangers of rabies and of failing to vaccinate their animals. Pasco Animal Services said often times, pet owners in these situations don't realize that the conditions animals are living in are not suitable for pets.

"We want people to understand, it's okay to reach out to us. We will do the best that we can to help you and assist you with the number of animals that you have. But we also want you to understand that at the end of the day it's really not okay to collect and collect and collect animals," Animal Control Officer Danielle Downes said.

Pasco Animal Services Director Mike Shumate told News Channel 8's Lila Gross, these adorable pets are available now for pre-adoption and will be ready for pick up in the next few days from the Land O' Lakes shelter. You can view photos of all of the dogs and cats below.

"Well, I figured that, they said I had too many, so I had to give them up. They said they would find them a good home so I thought that would be better for them," Mathis said.

If you are interested in adopting these or other animals at the shelter, contact Pasco County Animal Services at (352) 521-5194.

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