After officers found 14 dogs in “deplorable living conditions” at a Bradenton home last week, officials said the animals will be available for a new home at the county’s big adoption event on May 21. .
Officers discovered the dogs and two cockatiels while responding to a domestic dispute on West 13th Street on May 7. The dogs were stacked in crates on top of each other, covered in feces and urine, police said.
The owners voluntarily surrendered the animals to Manatee County Animal Services and were examined by a veterinarian.
The dogs are “generally healthy” and range in age from six months to 12 years, the police department said in a news release Wednesday. However, many are treated for intestinal parasites.
Animal services staff also continue to socialize the dogs, according to the statement.
Manatee County’s sixth annual Adopt-A-Palooza event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Bradenton Convention Center in Palmetto and “most” dogs will be available.
Admission is free and there will be over 100 adoptable pets and a market with over 30 vendors selling pet products and services.
Also new this year is a free pet vaccine and microchipping clinic. Dog or cat owners and bring their pet to get a free vaccine or microchip between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
“With hurricane season almost upon us, the free pet vaccine and microchipping clinic will help pet owners prepare,” Sarah Brown, head of animal services, said in a statement. hurry.
Participating organizations include Manatee County Animal Services, Humane Society of Manatee County, Canine Castaways, Moonracer Rescue, Cat Depot, Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, and Barking Out Loud Rescue.
For pets adopted by Animal Services — like rescue dogs — all adoption fees will be waived “in lieu of a donation made to Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS),” the county said in a statement. Press.
“Manatee County residents are required to register their new pet for an additional $20 fee. All pets will be neutered or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, a non-profit organization that helps with initiatives at the shelter such as dog beds, grass for playgrounds, enrichment items, funds and medical care.
The owners of the 14 dogs have not been charged by the police.
A bird rescue organization will take care of the two cockatiels.
The matter is still under investigation and any information can be emailed to [email protected] To remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll-free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip via manateecrimestoppers.com.
This story was originally published May 12, 2022 2:36 p.m.