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Man Attacked by Dogs After Leaving Friend’s House

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On 08-08-20 just before noon, Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies, Animal Enforcement Officers (AEO), and Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES) were dispatched to 5370 California Street in Brooksville regarding a Dog Attack.

The caller told the 9-1-1 operator a man was being attacked by three dogs. The caller then disconnected.

Another caller reporting incident stated two of the three dogs had run off, and the other one was currently contained in a travel trailer on the property.

First Responders arrived to find the male victim suffering from severe injuries (dog bites) to his right leg. He was treated on scene by HCFES then transported to a local hospital.

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Before leaving the scene, the victim told Animal Enforcement Officers he had been visiting a friend at the California Street address. When the victim left his friend’s residence (one of three structures on the same property) he heard puppies whimpering and attempted to locate where the noise was coming from.

After talking a few steps in the direction of the whimpering sounds, the victim was attacked by three adult dogs. The dogs were described as one red (female) and two black and white (male) “pit/mix” type dogs. When the second caller called, the female was contained and the two males were still running loose.

Animal Enforcement Officers immediately began searching for the two male dogs. Each time the dogs were spotted, they fled before being caught. Finally, each of the male dogs was caught by Animal Enforcement Officers and Patrol Deputies. It was noted that both dogs were extremely aggressive, as AEOs attempted to impound them.

Another Animal Enforcement Officer responded to the travel trailer to impound the female dog. Again, the AEO noted extreme aggression with the female dog during the impound process. Two AEOs were required to impound the dog from inside the travel trailer.

While attempting to confine the adult female dog, AEOs heard puppies whimpering and saw one puppy on the floor of the travel trailer. The puppy, soaked with sweat and warm to the touch, was removed and placed in the cab of the AEO’s vehicle in an effort to lower its body temperature. Upon removing the adult female dog, AEOs noted that she was emaciated, with her hip, back, and rib bones protruding.

AEOs and Firefighters returned to the travel trailer to retrieve the puppies. During this process, one of the AEOs became ill with heat exhaustion. The AEO was treated on scene by HCFES then transported to a local hospital.

The temperature was measured inside the travel trailer with an infrared thermometer; it registered 108 degrees. It should be noted, the door of the travel trailer (and only source of ventilation) had been open for approximately 30 minutes when the inside temperature was measured.

Additionally, AEOs noted there was no food or water in the travel trailer for the dogs/puppies.

In total, seven puppies were removed from various locations throughout the travel trailer. All were warm to the touch, panting profusely, wet with sweat, and whimpering. All of the puppies were placed together in the air-conditioned cab of the AEO’s vehicle and transported, along with their mother, to Hernando County Animal Services (HCAS).

On 08-09-20, AEOs responded back to the scene to speak with witnesses. While on scene, Colleen Meyer, the owner of the dogs and puppies, arrived. AEOs requested a deputy to respond.

As AEOs spoke with Meyer, Meyer asked them how many puppies were removed the day before. Upon being advised that only seven puppies were removed, Meyer stated that there were eight puppies total. AEOs reentered the travel trailer and located the one remaining puppy under a piece of furniture. The puppy was taken to HCAS and placed with its mother and the other puppies.

Meyer was issued citations for Animal Bite, Mistreatment, and Unrestrained Animal. Charges are pending for Animal Cruelty.

The following animals were seized from the property:

– Adult Female – Pit/Mix – Red
– Adult Male – Pit/Mix – Black & White
– Adult Male – Pit/Mix – Black & White
– Puppy Female – Pit/Mix – Blue/White Nose
– Puppy Female – Pit/Mix – Blue/White Chest
– Puppy Female – Pit/Mix – Blue/White Chest
– Puppy Female – Pit/Mix – Black
– Puppy Male – Pit/Mix – Blue
– Puppy Male – Pit/Mix – Tan/Black Face
– Puppy Male – Pit/Mix – Blue
– Puppy Male – Pit/Mix – Black.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology.
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