263 Dogs Removed From Home

VENICE, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say some of the 263 small dogs removed from a southwest Florida housecould be ready for adoption as early as Monday.

Sarasota County Animal Services removed the dogs from a house in Venice last week.

Authorities most of the Chihuahuas, poodles, schnauzers and other small dogs kept in chicken coop-like structures outdoors had severely matted fur, fleas, intestinal parasites and eye issues.

All the animals will be medically evaluated before they’re made available for adoption.

The sheriff’s office tells The Herald that criminal charges against the owner are pending.