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8 charged after malnourished and dead dogs found at Florida property

Eight people have been charged with 24 counts of aggravated animal cruelty on Wednesday after law enforcement discovered a horrific scene of two dozen dogs at a Micanopy property, including some that were found locked in a kennel crawling over other deceased dogs.

An arrest report from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office shows that at least four people have been arrested: William Garcia, 27; Erin Douglas, 27; Kimberly Hicks, 43; and Dawson Hicks, 22;

The other four subsequently charged are William Ferguson Sr, 69; Debra Ferguson, 63; Stephanie Prentzler, 38; and Steven Lancaster, 60. In addition to the felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, the eight defendants were charged with five counts of unlawful disposal of a dead animal, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Douglas, Hicks and Garcia each admitted to owning or being involved with the dogs in some way, according to the arrest report. Others stopped talking after they were mirandized.

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