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DOGS ON MEND AFTER ENDURING NEGLECT

BSO Case Number: BS03-01-12015
PIO Number: 03-1-50
Date: January 28, 2003
Place of Occurrence: 3917 SW 28th Street, unincorporated Broward County near W. Hollywood

Victim(s):

  • Sheeba, an adult, female Rottweiler & Blitz, an adult, female mixed-breed dog

Suspect(s):

  • Allen H. Cleare, 58, 3917 SW 28th Street, unincorporated Broward County (W. Hollywood)

Description of Incident:

Detectives from the Broward Sheriff's Office Abuse and Neglect Unit have charged a 58-year old man with animal cruelty after an anonymous tip led investigators to two severely neglected dogs.

On January 28, 2003, BSO deputies went to the home of Allen H. Cleare, 3917 SW 28th Street in unincorporated Broward County near Hollywood. In the front yard of the home, tied to a tree, was Sheeba, an emaciated, tick and flea infested Rottweiler. In Cleare’s backyard deputies found a second dog, Blitz. This animal too was tied to a tree, appeared terribly gaunt, and was infested with parasites. Neither of the animals had food or water. A deputy gave the parched pooches water and both eagerly drank for as long as fifteen minutes.

The neglected dogs, both anemic and terribly underweight, were taken away and brought to the Coral Springs Animal Hospital where they are being treated. According to the facility’s veterinarians, fleas and ticks had so seriously attacked Blitz that she required a blood transfusion.

The next day, a detective from BSO’s Abuse and Neglect Unit interviewed Cleare. According to the investigator, Cleare never allowed the dogs to be seen by a veterinarian and said he had put motor oil on the dogs in an attempt to kill the ticks.

Cleare was released on bond early Thursday morning from the Broward Sheriff's Office Main Jail. He faces four counts of animal cruelty.

Sheeba and Blitz continue to recover at the Coral Springs Animal Hospital, 1730 University Drive in Coral Springs. The Fund For Abused Animals is responsible for the care of the dogs and is trying to find them both a good home. For more information on adopting Sheeba and Blitz, contact the founder of the Fund For Abused Animals, BSO Lieutenant Sherry Schlueter, at (954) 321-4239.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. M. Vadnal, CI, Abuse & Neglect, D-1
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 1/30/03 12:00 p.m.

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