THE HIGH ACRES
Conditions at a home in Lehigh Acres were so bad that a 16-year-old called authorities for a welfare check on himself.
At home, Lee County deputies found urine-soaked floors and a buildup of feces in the home the teenager shared with 13 dogs.
The teenager told authorities he used a respirator to breathe inside the house.
After Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida, the teenager said he needed to move his bed to the living room for better air quality.
WINK News is not naming the teen’s mother as she is not facing any charges at this time. However, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office seized all of the dogs from the home.
The woman, who owns them, is listed as a board member of Cat Tails and More, a non-profit rescue organization.
WINK News contacted the organization to see if they were aware of his living conditions.
In a statement, they said she had no authority to take animals without permission from board members and had had no significant contact with the organization for at least eight years. month.
According to Cat Tails and More, none of the dogs found in the house had any connection to the organization.
The teenager told authorities that he and the dogs had been living in these conditions for years. And the dirt in the house had introduced mice. The teenager told deputies that he had been bitten.
He also said that his mother often left him alone on the weekends to clean the house, but it became too much for him to do on his own.
Alfredo Abad lives across the street and never suspected any of this.
“If I had known, I would have helped the child and the dogs, both of them,” Abad said. “If you are going to have dogs, you have to take care of them. If you’re going to have them like that, I don’t know, it’s terrible.
Abad said if he was in this position, he would give the dogs to someone who could take better care of them.
“I think she’s not a clean person because if she lets the dog do that, she’s not really a clean person,” Abad said.