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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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  • Each one on $1,000. Bond. That is a joke. They all should be thrown in jail for at least a year. And $100.000. Bond each. What they got was a slap on the hand. We need to get the laws changed in the State.

    Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 2:38 pm
  • 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..

    Thursday, 12 January 2017, 4:52 pm
  • 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,

    Thursday, 12 January 2017, 10:17 am
    • 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.

      Thursday, 12 January 2017, 3:59 pm
  • You know…..the animal control unit and pet rescue, COULD USE THOSE PEOPLE, to CLEAN OUT CAGES and pick up POOP!. They seem to have no jobs and live off the state. SO! PAYBACK is NOW!

    Thursday, 12 January 2017, 10:03 am
  • Just terrible!! My heart breaks for all these poor animals. I hope no children are with them.

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 6:30 pm
  • Thank GOD they removed the child, prayers for the child, hope it is in better shape than these animals. EVIL all around us.

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 6:29 pm
  • Just saw this morning on the need that they DID REMOVE A CHILD! Thank God!

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 11:29 am
  • 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.

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 8:32 am
  • 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

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 11:19 pm
  • what they did to these animals is EXACTLY what should happen to them

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 11:18 pm
  • 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 .

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 10:59 pm
    • You can’t buy pet food on a EBT card.

      Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 11:18 am
      • you can buy spam or something like that, instead of letting them starve 🖕🏾good try though.

        Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 12:23 pm
        • Your going to worry about feeding yourself first then buying Spam for animals. They should have given up the dogs instead of hoarding them

          Thursday, 12 January 2017, 3:47 pm
  • Ugh this makes me sick!!! These people are low life’s!!!

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 10:28 pm
  • 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

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 9:19 pm
    • gmat, address is in the 2nd paragraph. We should all go with torches n pitchforks.

      Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 11:18 pm
    • The address is in the artical … I don’t think k $1000 is enough bail.. they need to be put down

      Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 9:17 am
  • Sorry pieces of

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 8:33 pm
  • Disgusting low life idiots. Shame on you

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 7:50 pm
  • 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!!!

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 7:48 pm
    • I agree with you 100%!

      Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 10:19 pm
  • Trailer Trash At it Finest! What Would Bethy Say? Hang EM/ Shoot Em! OOPS Gotta Go I’m Hearing BANJO MUSIC

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 7:27 pm
  • i have torture methods beyond you imagination,,,you will be watched along with the goodson boy

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 7:21 pm
  • 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?

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 7:06 pm
  • 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.

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 6:47 pm
  • Rot in Hell! Maybe you be treated like that!

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 6:31 pm
  • 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.

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 6:28 pm
  • Looks like Tiny escaped from the doghouse.

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 6:18 pm
  • Dont miss Obama say the word i tonight oooo poor dogs dinding

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 6:15 pm
    • Do you speak english

      Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 11:21 pm

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