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Pasco deputies investigating possible animal hoarding case

Pasco County Authorities are working to get a search warrant to enter a Spring Hill home suspected of animal hoarding.

Deputies from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible domestic dispute call at a home on Montour Drive. Neighbors said two women inside the home were yelling at each other over loud dog barking, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities discovered more than 50 dogs, in addition to small possums known as sugar gliders, horses and ponies at the home, deputies said.

Homeowners have not allowed deputies or Pasco County Animal Control members access to the house, according to the sheriff’s office.

The county’s code enforcement department is attempting to get a search warrant to enter the Spring Hill home.

The horses and ponies outside the home appear to be healthy, according to the sheriff’s office agricultural corporal.

Code enforcement must check the animals inside the house, which authorities believe to be about 40 dogs in cages.

A rescue group took 11 dogs from the home Sunday, deputies said.

The homeowners told authorities they were part of a pet rescue group, but deputies said there is no evidence of that.

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