2 charged in 'horrific' dog abuse case in Citrus County

Last Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017, 3:28 PM EDT

A Crime Stoppers tip led authorities to what they called a "horrific" case of animal abuse.

  • Three dozen dogs seized from South Alpine Avenue
  • Ryan McLean, Deana Feldman face charges
  • Animals receiving exams, flea meds, grooming

Ryan McLean and Deana Feldman were both charged with one count of felony animal cruelty and 27 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, with total bond of $32,000 each.

Deputies responded on Saturday, June 17, to the 3800 block of South Alpine Avenue in Inverness, and seized 36 dogs from the property. One of the dogs was taken for emergency medical care, according to investigators.

"The other 35 animals were transported from the shelter to Countryside Vet Clinic for medical exams, flea meds, x rays, trimming nails (which hadn’t been done in months to years) and grooming to remove feces matted fur from their entire bodies," said Animal Control supervisor Lora Peckham.

"A few of the worst were even bathed by the vet techs at Countryside," she stated. Every single dog has some level of medical neglect that needs to be addressed and treated, but we are hopeful that they will all survive."