Malnourished Dog Found Lying in Shards of Glass, 11 Dogs Seized, 3 Charged with Animal Cruelty

BROOKSVILLE – Officials say three people face animal cruelty charges, after finding 11 dogs living in deplorable conditions at a residence on Nicholas Ave.

According to officials, on January 4th Animal Enforcement Officer Mandy Rowe noticed several dogs tied to a tree at 18025 Nicholas Ave. Upon closer inspection she noticed three dogs tethered on the east side of the mobile home with one appearing to be in distress.

Along with the assistance of Deputy Steven George, Rowe approached the front door to try and make contact with the residents. Near the front door of the residence Rowe noticed two wire cages; one with three Chihuahuas and another with a Pit Bull lying in its own urine and feces.

Deputy George made contact with Tabitha Gordon who claimed the dogs belonged to her mother-in-law, Tiny Gordan, and that her husband Joshua Thorpe helped care for them.

With Gordon’s permission, George and Rowe proceeded to check on the dogs at the rear of the home. During their investigation they found a female hound or possible Pit Bull mix named Bella.  Bella was huddled on the ground, lying on shards of glass, and appeared to be malnourished.  Officials say Bella was in very poor condition and that her ribs and shoulder blades were showing, her left eye was swollen, and she had trouble lifting her head. Bella had no food or water nearby and the metal pots used to feed and water her were filled with leaves.

Upon further investigations Deputies Rowe and George found a three addition Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes without food, water, or shelter.

During an interview with Gordon, she appeared to have no concerns for the well-being of the animals despite their poor health conditions. Gordon told Deputies that her husband would be home soon and went back in the house.

All of the dogs appeared to be infested with fleas and covered in flies.  There was garbage and the odor of rotting food, urine, and feces all over the property.

Officer Rowe determined that all the animals were being mistreated and that Bella was close to death and needed immediate medical attention.

All of the animals were taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office and transported to Animal Control for treatment.

Hernando County Animal Services Veterinarian Dr. Julie Rosenberger says Bella weighed 33 pounds upon intake and should have weighed about 45 pounds.  She stated the dog was malnourished and extremely anemic from blood loss, due to being infested by thousands of fleas. Bella’s body temperature was so low she required a heating pad to keep her alive.  Dr. Rosenberger advised that Bella was probably sick for a month, possibly two, and that she would have been dead within three days, had she not received emergency medical treatment when she did.

Yesterday Deputy Steven George responded back to the residence to serve warrants on 53-year-old Tiny Tharpe, 27-year-old Tabatha Gordon, and 31-year-old Joshua Tharpe. All three are charged with Felony Animal Cruelty and are each free on $1,000 bond.

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32 comments

  1. My heart drops when I read story’s such as this. These people need to be put in prison with a very long sentence. The sad fact is if they will do this to an animal I can only imagine the distain they have for their fellow human beings.

  2. So much animal cruelty stories comming out of Brooksville. What the hell is going on. Pitbulls eating there puppies. You people who know about this crap need to call the authorities. No one wants to get involved. That’s Bull S_ _ _t. Tiny Thorpe and her husband and Gordon should be locked up with out bail. We need to send a message to these degenerates that you won’t get away with animal cruelty, but I geuss in Brooksville you can and no one cares.

  3. Really trying to be nice, but not spending much on personal appearance, from the looks of things. What are the odds of all 3 having a lazy eye?

  4. This is just so horrific. Why even keep them just to torture them until they die? Let’s put these people in cages or tie them to a tree without food or water in the elements. Pieces of sh*t!!!

  5. Well Tiny you are one ugly bitc_h. I wish I had your address so I could unleash some cruel treatment on your ugly a_s and your piece of sh_t partner. I would love to bring some major pain on you two and Gordon. If some knows where these scum bags live please post the address. Who knows what else is going on over there. I will definitely look into it. You can take that to the bank.
    GMAT

  6. This peach was always a weirdo and a bit off in high school, I see her all the time at the shop and save and I can’t wait till I see her again, she can afford snacks on her EBT card but can’t think of her animals! I promise when I see her I’ll serve her some good old justice. I cannot stand people who abuse animals .

  7. Omg, I hate when people abuse animals. Hang them Bethy. On the other hand, this is the only thing Steven George is allowed to do due to his abuse of humans. That being said, I don’t think I would want him around my animals. So how is that lawsuit going George? There are more to come. Maybe sheriff jackoff will finally get a brain and fire you but I doubt it. Deputy George poster boy for HCSO. SMDH

  8. The problem is THER IS NOT A NATIONAL REGISTRY TO TRACK PEOPLE LIKE THESE. SO WHEN THEY GET OUT OF Jail, WITH A SLAP ON THE HAND, THEY START OVER AGAIN. OR MOVE ELSEWHERE & START AGAIN. No way to track them & shut this down without NATIONAL REGISTRY.
    They should NEVER be allowed to own any animals.

  9. Neighbors here have reported a scene like this NUMEROUS times. Nothing gets done, “We cant go on private property unless invited to do so” is the response we get. How about having someone go to the properties on either side of this place and get on a ladder so they can view the situation and get a warrant issued. The swimming pool is half full of putrid water and mosquito control gives us the same story “We cant go on private property unless invited to do so” so the rest of us have to put up with mosquitoes all summer long. The dog poop can be smelled from the houses on either side of this place. I have alerted Tom Lemons of this situation with the address more than once. I wonder what these people have on the sheriff’s office because they have cars that they take off one car and put on another at will, drugs are sold there even though a few years ago a search warrant was served. It’s a bad joke being played on honest, tax paying citizens while these people live off the system. Its a shame that nothing gets done,

    1. Maybe now the sheriffs office will start to pay a little more attention to what is going on. If you start to see cars or trucks that you haven’t seen before driving pass or parking then you know they are watching.

  10. Hernando County Needs To Step Up And Put Heavier Fines on These Animal abusers instead of allowing them to get outta jail free card and to continue letting these poor animals to have to live under these conditions….I can Only Imagine what the child had to live in filth and crap…If theses so called people live this way..thats there choice …But The Child and Animals Did not choose…. Throw them Under The Jail..

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