DELTONA, Fla. – A woman in Deltona was arrested Wednesday after animal control officers removed more than 60 animals from her home covered in so much feces, officers could not tell which were dogs and which were cats, according to a Local 6 News report.
Officers wearing oxygen masks and protective suits removed 45 cats, 17 dogs and a bird from Linda Castillo’s three-bedroom home located on West Ninth Street in Deltona after neighbors complained of horrible smells.
“This is the worst case of animal cruelty I’ve ever seen,” said enforcement services officer Kathy Fick. “The condition these animals were living in is deplorable.”
According to some of the officers who brought the animals outside of the home, the filth inside included up to five inches of feces, Local 6 News reporter Chris Trenkmann said.
Officials said piles of garbage were also inside the home.
Local 6 News has learned it is not the first time deputies have been called out to the same home. There have been similar complaints from neighbors in the past.
Castillo faces a misdemeanor and third-degree felony charge.
All of the animals removed from the home were transported to Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach.