- Florida, USA -
On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Ms. Tamara Trujillo, a Child Protection Services investigator, was called to a home on 2511 East 20th Street in Sanford to check on the well-being of a juvenile following an incident that happened the day before.
While Ms. Trujillo was at the residence, she observed many dogs. A woman identified as EMERALD BRITTON, resident at the property and the girlfriend of 40-years-old BRANDON WESLEY HARDY BLAKE (pictured), took Ms. Trujillo in the backyard where elevated kennels were found housing several dogs in poor health. Ms. Trujillo then alerted the Seminole County Sheriff's Office Range and Water Unit.
Detectives and Seminole County Animal Services responded to the home and removed many dogs due to the “inhumane living conditions and malnourished health conditions,” stated the report. Seminole County Animal Services said they were able to rescue thirty-nine dogs but one of them was so sick he/she had to be euthanized.
On the property, officials also discovered four deceased dogs in separate kennels and Detective Raborn reported: “I estimate the dogs were dead for several days to possibly a week. Most of the on-site kennels were without food, fresh water and full of feces.”
Deputies with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrested BLAKE, owner of a dog-training business called Brandon Blake K9 Services.
Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said: “It looked like a puppy mill where he was breeding dogs. (He) cared absolutely nothing about the dogs whatsoever.”
He also said that BLAKE’s license to operate the business has been revoked and he can no longer have a kennel in the county.
Arrest records show BLAKE was released from Seminole County Jail after posting a $21,000 bond according to court records he is facing four felony counts of animal abuse causing death and twenty-six misdemeanor counts of impounding or confining an animal without sufficient food or water.
During his first court appearance on November 23, 2022, Judge Wayne Culver prohibited BLAKE to return to the home and care for the animals.
BLAKE’s arraignment is slated to take place on January 17, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Donna L. McIntosh, and the Speedy Trial Date was set for May 16, 2023.
As per court order, BRITTON will no longer be residing at the home to care for the animals.
Seminole County Animal Services were at full capacity even before taking in the thirty-nine dogs removed from BLAKE’s hell and you can only imagine the hardship they have to face now.
Allow me to invite you to consider adopting their furbabies who are ready for their new furever home. Thank you!
BRANDON WESLEY HARDY BLAKE, you did not take care of those defenseless souls, you saw their injuries and infections, you were aware that there were four innocent deceased dogs on the property, and you saw the kennels without food or water. How cruel, heartless, and soulless are you to treat innocent animals like this?
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