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Severely Neglected Dog Discovered During Vice and Narcotics Raid – WARNING DISTURBING IMAGES

SPRING HILL – On Friday, RNRF broke the news of a Vice and Narcotics search warrant that was executed at a residence on Deltona Blvd. Three arrests were made and investigators discovered Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside the residence. CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL REPORT

The Sheriff’s Office released the following report on the incident, which includes drug seizure amounts, suspect information and more disturbingly, the discovery of a severely neglected animal.

According to officials, just before 10 a.m., detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit, assisted by members of the K-9 Unit and Patrol Deputies, executed a search warrant at 5203 Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill.

The search warrant was a result of a lengthy narcotics investigation that included two undercover purchases of methamphetamine from persons at the residence.  The residence is located approximately 1,005 feet from Fox Chapel Middle School (9412 Fox Chapel Lane).  A concern for detectives was that students were walking to and from school, in front of this residence where persons were dealing illegal drugs.

Arrest warrants were obtained for Joao Martins for Sale and Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Structure for the Sale of Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Use of Two Way Communication Device.

Upon arrival, detectives observed two dogs on the property.  One of the dogs was in obvious distress, suffering from severe neglect.

The dog, a small white unknown breed, had numerous sores on its jawline, causing the dog’s lower jaw to deteriorate.  The dog’s eyes appeared to be severely infected as well.  Both eyes had a large amount of green discharge oozing from them.  Making matters worse, the dog was unable to walk properly.  All of the dog’s toe nails had grown so long they were curled completely under the dog’s feet.  The dog was removed by an Animal Enforcement Officer and taken to Hernando County Animal Services for evaluation.

The other dog appeared to be in good health and was left on scene with the owner.

Officials say, “Drug offenses are clearly not victimless crimes.  This family pet is proof of that.”

A search of the residence revealed the following:

  • 15 grams of marijuana
  • 1 grams of methamphetamine
  • 35 grams of unidentified white powdery substance (to be sent for testing)
  • Numerous glass smoking pipes with methamphetamine residue
  • Numerous small baggies with methamphetamine residue
  • Six baggies containing methamphetamine packaged for distribution.

The persons at the location were charged as follows:

Joao Martins W/M DOB/12-01-1951

  • Possession of Methamphetamine w/Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Bond – $26,000 (including arrest warrants)

Pierre Martins W/M 05-29-1974

  • Possession of Paraphernalia (2 counts)
  • Bond – $2,000

Melissa Martins W/F DOB/07-25-1979

  • Obstructing Law Enforcement While Serving a Search Warrant
  • Bond – $500.

Detectives are working closely with the State Attorney’s Office regarding charges on the owner of the animal that was severely neglected.  Charges are forthcoming on Emily Martins W/F DOB/10-26-1945.

Detectives received a positive reaction from neighbors in the area.  They were pleased that drug dealing in their neighborhood and around the school will cease.

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  • Where do you come up with a stupid statement like that???you must be a spring hill r verry good peepol sew wat deer drugeys and deel drugz watt iz dah big deel day r addicks i no wurse….fool!!!!…

    Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 2:23 am
  • Not bad people . Just drug addicts. Ive seen worse scumbags arrested and released .

    Monday, 31 August 2015, 8:53 pm
  • Scumbag primate family…no offense to primates….what is wrong with animal services?????….

    Monday, 31 August 2015, 6:28 am
  • if these people are in jail who will take care of the other dog ? why leave it to be neglected,just because it didn’t show signs of neglect doesn’t mean it’s treated for fleas,heartworm,hunger !!! go get it please and charge these pos’s with everything !

    Sunday, 30 August 2015, 9:01 pm
  • I would also like an update on that dog and the other one. Did they remove the other dog? Please keep us informed. It really kills me when people abuse and neglect children and animals, they are both defenseless and the perpetrators need to get punished to the fullest extent of the law!

    Sunday, 30 August 2015, 8:26 pm
  • Yes! Please keep us updated on the status of the dog. Is there any way we can ensure the other dog is being kept safe and healthy while in that house??

    Also, when can we expect to see charges filed against Emily Martins? Or what is the story with her?

    Sunday, 30 August 2015, 5:50 pm
  • Many of us would like an update on the health of the little white dog that was rescued . ?

    Sunday, 30 August 2015, 11:12 am
  • Any update on the dog that was taken?

    Sunday, 30 August 2015, 11:09 am
  • Hernando County Animal Services has a very checkered past. It is obvious that this little pooch does not have life threatening issues. I’m sure it would be of great interest to your viewers to follow the treatment, cure and adoption to a caring family of this adorable dog.

    Sunday, 30 August 2015, 9:07 am
  • What a bunch of scum bags.

    Sunday, 30 August 2015, 12:29 am
  • What’s also sad is that she has children 2 boys I believe.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:18 pm
  • The photos of this dog absolutely breaks my heart. I am stunned and disappointed that the other dog would be left at the residence because it was in healthy condition. We would not leave a child in a home where another child was being abused/neglected. I’d be in favor neglecting all 3 of these POS until their jaws deteriorate.

    Do as you wish to your bodies with drugs, but do not cause pain and suffering to an animal who didn’t ask to be there. I hope all 3 of them are treated with the harshest of punishments… You cannot rehabilitate individuals from being the scumbags they naturally are. The fact that there was another dog in a much better condition further proves that they value one life over another. Do not show empathy because they have a “drug problem,” they all have a “heart problem.” Normal people, and people who deserve help, do NOT do this. We have a hard time looking at these photos for just a few seconds…. How can you live with yourself watching this animal suffer day-after-day?

    You people are an absolute disgrace. I hope you are all treated with the respect you showed that poor puppy.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 7:47 pm
  • POS times 3

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 5:43 pm
  • This looks like a whole damn FAMILY AFFAIR,
    since they do ALL share the SAME LAST NAME!!!

    I couldn’t help but cry seeing that poor little dog
    in such HORRIFIC shape!! 🙁 🙁 🙁
    And WHO owns the dog that was NOT taken,
    the same SCUMBAGS dealing the DRUGS????

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 5:36 pm
  • These cruel a holes should have been left with NO dogs. That poor animal… I want to slap those people up side the head.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:44 pm
  • The whole family are nothing more than POS, low-life, Scum. I hope these bastards go to prison and the other dog is rescued.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:31 pm
  • Rafael: Are you able to comment without calling people names? Or are you just trying to start a bit*h-fight to spice up your typical boring Saturday afternoon? Repeat after me: C O N S T R U C T I V E C R I T I C I S M!

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:15 pm
  • Unfortunately the law prevents the removal of both dogs. Animals are on the books as property. Glad they got these people out of business for now. Hopefully they will actually do time.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 3:32 pm
    • That is true though, they are property– unless your a breeder- then they are “Livestock”… same thing unfortuanetly

      Saturday, 29 August 2015, 4:40 pm
  • WTF leave the other dog.. are you crazy! poor lil guy.. i have 8 rescues, from similar a*******s..

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 3:23 pm
  • Maybe the law doesnt allow then to take the other dog if it is good health.Of course if they took the other dog illiegaly you would trash the police then. Some of you morons can just never say good job to the police can you.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 3:10 pm
  • The article stated “The other dog appeared to be in good health and was left on scene with the owner”. That is BS. That dog should of been removed. If they can not take care of one dog, why would you let them keep the other. These owners were abusive to the dogs. I am outraged. I mean really, If these were kids being abused, would you leave one behind because one of them looked okay. The other dog needs to be removed. I am so tired of Hernando County Sheriffs Office making the rules up as they go along. As far as the little white dog, I would be willing to adopt it.

    Tom, can you look into why only one dog was removed.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 2:38 pm
  • Bad enough with the drugs in Hernando County & these scum bags, but to abuse & neglect inocent defencelss animals. Were they so stoned and high they could not see the dogs -more likely they just did not care. Whichever Judge these jerkoffs get better start putting bigger fines and sentences for what these dogs endured. I am sick of community service and slaps on the hand. Make it also no more animals , not even a cocroach !!

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 1:54 pm
  • Berry them in the local landfill along with the rest of the trash, And Obama is in the process of releasing drug dealers out of prison and back onto our streets,………..What a guy.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 1:52 pm
  • I would be glad to groom that poor dog at my grooming shop…********************** No charge of course;)

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 1:47 pm
  • Both dogs should have been removed and why such low bonds?

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 1:46 pm
  • man I hope this house gets seized and these people disappear. They must all be users to let their house and pets not to mention themselves get into this situation. With all the info out there about meth it dumbfounds me that people will still try poison

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 1:22 pm
  • The all-consuming drug dealing and judging from the looks of these hemorrhoids (as opposed to humanoids) drug using, there’s no use wasting anybody’s time or resources on trying to save this bunch of losers. This is the kind of people that DO NOT deserve to have animals. Plus they’re consuming a lot of oxygen that could be put to a lot of better uses. And then leave the healthy looking dog in the house? How do you think the mistreated dog looked when these scum first got him? Probably pretty good! This is not a stray that they decided to take in and nurse back to health, out of the goodness of their hearts. SAVE THE DOG and PUT THESE USELESS BOTTOM-FEEDERS DOWN!

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 1:19 pm
  • What scum. They should have taken the other dog too, it’s just a matter of time before that dog is in the same distress.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 1:14 pm
    • Ya, waiting for charges on the other low-life,
      Like she had no idea what was going on.

      Saturday, 29 August 2015, 11:00 pm
  • God damn…give them a taste of their own medicine, lock them up and just forget about them.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 1:01 pm
  • Those scumbags need there asses.kicked for doing that to an animal.

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 12:58 pm
  • Poor little dog, such terrible people. I hope the little fella recovers quickly

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 12:47 pm
  • What a beautiful dog. Hope he or she gets well and is put up for adoption to a home that will give this dog a better life. What a Scum Bags !!!

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 12:37 pm
  • Sick, just makes me sick

    Saturday, 29 August 2015, 12:24 pm

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