A Brandon man has been arrested following a two-month investigation into an animal neglect case in Buchanan County.
The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says 61-year old David Rogers was taken into custody on Thursday. Rogers faces numerous charges, including 18 counts of Animal Neglect, four counts of Animal Neglect Causing Injury/Death, four counts of Failure to Dispose of Animal Carcass and one count of Dependent Adult Abuse.
The Sheriff’s Office says back on August 12th, they had received a request for a welfare check at 707 South Street in Brandon. The caller stated that there were several dogs that had broken the front door of the home and were roaming around outside. Deputies arrived at the home to find several dogs roaming around outside the home. The resident who lived there was found to be living in very poor conditions, with the home not appearing to be climate-controlled. They determined the person was unable to adequately care for themselves and they were transported to an area hospital.
Rogers is the son of the woman who was unable to take care of herself. They both lived at the house and he was responsible for her care.
The Sheriff’s Office then reached out to Wildthunder WARS for assistance in getting the dogs to a facility where they could be evaluated and cared for. A total of eighteen dogs were transported away from the home. Four dogs were also found dead on the property.
The ownership of all eighteen dogs removed from the property was legally transferred to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office and has since been transferred further to different animal care entities to be re-homed.
photo courtesy of Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office