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Area Police Beat from 6-21-17 Edition

Wayne Collins, 77, Lecanto, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, June 12, charged with domestic battery. His bond was set at none.
Erickson Shane Geer, 36, N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Dunnellon, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, June 12, charged with resisting an officer without violence ($1,000 bond). According to the arrest report, deputies were at the scene of a domestic disturbance, and Mr. Geer interfered with the investigation by not allowing the complainant to speak with the deputy who was conducting the investigation. A second deputy came to the incident location to take Mr. Geer into custody so the woman could speak with the deputy.

Two arrested, Inverness, charged with animal cruelty

A tip made to Crime Stoppers of Citrus County that a homeowner had thirty dogs, not in the greatest health, locked inside her garage led Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies, animal control officers, firefighters and others to a 3866 S. Alpine Ave., Inverness, residence on Saturday, June 17, and resulted in the arrests of two residents. 

According to the arrest reports, when law enforcement officers arrived at the home, no one answered the door. Deputies looked inside a window and observed five dogs that appeared to be in good condition. An animal control officer spoke with homeowner Alan Feldman via phone, who said there were six dogs in the house and no others. The officer also spoke with 47 year-old Deana Marie Feldman via phone, and she stated that she was on her way home to go to jail, according to the report.

Officers looked around the outside of the residence and knocked on the garage door, but did not see or hear evidence of other dogs at the residence.

Officers found Ms. Feldman’s son, Ryan James McLean, 26, standing on a porch. When an animal control officer told McLean they needed to see the dogs, McLean asked if the offiers had a search warrant, which officers did not have, according to the report. McLain told officers there were about 28 dogs, and the conditions of the dogs were not good, that one or two “might be really bad,” the report stated. McLain told the officers that his mother had been a breeder in New York and had continued breeding dogs when they moved to Florida, but as time went on, his mother had given less care to the dogs and had told him to care for them. He said he was overwhelmed and no longer wanted to care for the dogs, that he’d asked his mother to help him with the dogs. He said his mother paid little attention to him and told him to get a job.

Ms. Feldman arrived at her home and told deputies that things wnet south when she moved to Florida, that she was having marital problems, and her son had problems of his home, and she should have cared for the dogs herself.

The reports stated that the garage was divided into five sections, each filled with dog feces and urine, and officers found no food or water, although Mcean told deputies he’d fed the dogs that morning. One dog was not very responsive, was missing fur and had a swollen eye.

According to Animal Control Supervisor Lora Peckham, “This tip ultimately turned out to be one of the most horrific cases we’ve worked. A total of 36 dogs were seized, and a huge amount of teamwork ensued to make sure the dogs were cared for properly.”

The very sick dog was transported to Countryside Animal Clinic in Beverly Hills for emergency medical care, and the other 35 dogs were transported for medical exams, flea treatments, x rays, nail trimming and grooming to remove feces-matted fur from their bodies. “Every single dog has some level of medical neglect that needs to be addressed and treated,” said Peckham, “but we are hopeful that they will all survive.”

Ryan McLean and Deana Feldman were each arrested on 1 count of felony animal cruelty and 27 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, with their bonds set at $32,000 each.

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