Wimauma, Florida -- Hillsborough County Animal Control is working to rescue nearly three dozen dogs that were surrendered by the owner of a property in the 8300 block of State Road 674 in the Wimauma area.
10 News was first to report a neighbor called authorities after spotting a dead dog. WTSP spoke with that neighbor Wednesday shortly after authorities came back to reassess the situation.
Neighbors did not want to be named or shown on camera, but say it's about time something is being done
"That death, distinct smell. That's when I saw the dead dogs," said one neighbor.
Officials say an older dog and two puppies had been recently buried on the property.
"Hopefully some of them have a second chance we are all very relieved."
Some dogs howled and some tails wagged as their owner corralled them and prepared to say goodbye. There was a group of dogs which put up a fight when it was time to go. The puppies had a simpler, sweeter send off as they were carried off in the arms of officials.
Neighbors say the living conditions at the home are "very poor -- very, very poor," and in the neighborhood had become unbearable for man and man's best friend.
"We would suffer too, especially with the summer heat. You could smell the feces from the animals," recalls one neighbor.
"I don't like it -- I am an animal lover. No one should have this many animals running around when you don't take care of them."
Authorities say the owner admits he is no longer able to care for the animals and he is cooperating.
Some dogs have been left behind until there is more room at the shelter. Authorities say overcrowding was an issue but there are no dire medical issues. The dogs will be vetted ASAP and then put up for adoption.