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Pasco Animal Services takes custody of 35 dogs from rescue group

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Deputies found about 50 dogs, horses, sugar gliders and other animals on property Deputies found about 50 dogs, horses, sugar gliders and other animals on property
Pasco County Animal Services manager Mike Shumate says the owners of Sleepy Hollow Dog Rescue needed help to take care of animals that they had. Pasco County Animal Services manager Mike Shumate says the owners of Sleepy Hollow Dog Rescue needed help to take care of animals that they had.
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Pasco County Animal Services and Code Enforcement were called to a home at 18310 Montour Dr. in Spring Hill on Sunday concerning a possible animal hoarding situation. But, it turns out the property belongs to the owner of an animal rescue group.

According to Pasco County Animal Services Manager Mike Shumate, the property belongs to the owner of Sleepy Hollow Rescue. On the property were 35 dogs, eight cats, two sugar gliders and several horses.

"From what I hear from code enforcement and also our animal control officer that they are in pretty good shape," Shumate said.

Shumate says the owner told him that she networks with other rescue groups but had plans to relocate the animals to a larger property.

"She's a little embarrassed by it all. It's tough. I mean you know you think you have things under control," Shumate said.

According to animal services, the owner purchased property in North Carolina and started moving the animals up there in May.

But, recently county officials in North Carolina told her the animals had to go, because they were from out of state. The animals were brought back to Pasco over the weekend. 

Pasco County Animal Services removed 35 dogs from the property, the rest were allowed to stay, but are no longer in legal custody of Sleepy Hollow Rescue.

"Right now they are in our custody. The owner is going to care for them on site until we can get them all out of here," Shumate said. Pasco County

Pasco Animal Services says the animals will be sent to other rescue groups that can manage them and also adopted out at Pasco Animal Services in Land O' Lakes.

On Sunday, 23 dogs other dogs were taken from the property by a different rescue group.

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