54 Dogs Seized, Kennel Operator Charged With Aggravated Animal Cruelty

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers from the Animal Enforcement Unit responded to 9203 Weatherly Road in Brooksville in response to a court ruling Monday by County Judge Kurt Hitzemann regarding a Fitness Petition.

This address is where Jian Karlos Ortiz-Mendez previously operated Golden Kennel LLC.

The ruling terminated Ortiz’s ownership of all of his animals. Furthermore, it forbid Ortiz from owning animals in the state of Florida indefinitely.

A total of 54 dogs were collected and deemed property of Hernando County. All of the dogs were turned over to Hernando County Animal Services.

Ortiz’s criminal cases remain pending in Circuit Court.

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