POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a couple on drug possession and animal cruelty.
Sheriff deputies told WFTV that 49-year-old Randall Keith Huggins and 55-year-old Bernice Mae Walskey were arrested after they were called to their home to investigate drug activity.
The station reported that Huggins agreed to have authorities search the property.
During the search of the property, investigators were alerted to the odor of drugs in Walskey’s car. Investigators told the station that “two large bags of green leafy material” were found in the car. Police identified these materials as “Hawaiian Haze” and “Orange Crush.”
While searching for more narcotics, police made a very disturbing discovery.
They found more than 40 dogs standing in their own feces and urine while in cages stacked on top of each other.
“The odor of feces and urine in the home was overwhelming,” police stated in their report according to WFTV. The report went on to say that the dogs had signs of malnutrition, skin conditions, and fleas.
Deputies said they went on to find more green herb and drug paraphernalia used to produce synthetic marijuana.
The animals were taken to Polk County Animal Control where a veterinary will evaluate them.
Huggins was charged with 40 counts of animal cruelty. Walskey was charged with three counts of drug possession and 40 counts of animal cruelty.
Walskey was bailed out over the weekend as Huggins remains in the Polk County Jail.