Man charged with animal cruelty over emaciated dogs

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.

An Alachua County man has been charged with animal cruelty after investigators found three emaciated dogs on his property, according to investigative documents.

Steve Dene Stacy, 26, of 827 SW 64th Terrace, was charged with animal cruelty and confinement of animals without sufficient food, water or air, according to an arrest warrant filed by the State Attorney's Office.

An investigative report by Alachua County Animal Services states that in late July, a puppy was found on the front porch that was weak and lethargic, with flies around it and a nearby food bowl.

The report also said two dogs were found chained in the backyard that were thin and had no food or shelter.

All the dogs were taken to a veterinarian for cruelty exams.

Stacy told investigators he had owned the puppy since it was about seven weeks old and that it was now about six months old, according to court documents.

He told investigators he had owned the two dogs for two or three days and that they had been chained to the fence the entire time.

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