- Florida, USA -
49-year-old LORIS JEAN CLARK (pictured below) was arrested on Monday, March 16, and was charged with 33 counts of animal cruelty.
She was booked into the Escambia County Jail with a $33,000 bond.
The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by Escambia County Animal Control that began in 2019.
The investigation revealed that CLARK was mistreating dogs, cats, turtles, piglets, a rooster and a homing pigeon at a residence in the 4200 block of Jean Street in Pensacola.
According to the investigative report, on April 17, 2019, an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a complaint about roaming pigs at the property.
The deputy observed in the residence caged birds and cats wandering around.
There was also a white Silkie rooster locked up in a cage so small that he could not move around.
On the home’s deck there was another cage and inside there was a gray homing pigeon without food or water.
CLARK was questioned by the deputy and once it was determined that she was in violation of her agreement with the county and in violation of county ordinances, other deputies were called in to remove all the animals.
Deputies found the home in disarray with animal feces and urine.
Among the animals who were seized there were seven dogs, a chihuahua named Bintin, who was found in a shed, two adult pigs along with piglets, and three yellowbellied slider turtles.
The poor turtles were found in kiddie pools filled with dark green water.
The animals were transported to the Escambia County Animal Shelter, to be examined and treated.
A report written by the responding deputy states:
“As we followed Loris Clark into the residence, the odor of feces and urine was so strong that it caused my eyes and nose to burn.” “Through my training and experience I know that the burning sensation is caused by the ammonia levels in the urine and it poses a health hazard to any and all animals and people living in the residence.”