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Crystal River woman charged with animal cruelty

A Crystal River woman was arrested Monday night and charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of 8465 W. Gen Chennault Lane.

Animal Control Officers (ACO's) seized three dogs this past Sunday evening, two of which were in "very, very horrific condition," the Sheriff's Office said. A 9-pound Shih Tzu was found in the road wandering around the neighborhood. A good Samaritan held the dog to keep it safe, and waited for ACO's to arrive.

Animal Services in need of donations for new program

Citrus County Animal Services will be launching a behavior enrichment program which will help decrease the stress of a shelter environment on our furry guests. Shelter enrichment programs help to reduce the stress and boredom of shelter life. 

With shelter animals, behaviors such as hyper-arousal, depression, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors are not uncommon when enrichment is not present.

Elderly Inverness woman charged with animal cruelty

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division on Monday charged an elderly Inverness woman with animal cruelty and took her 34 cats.

It all started Monday when deputies were dispatched to a house on East Iona Lane after the homeowner, Barbara Smith, 75, called an electrician to do some work on her home.

When the electrician came to her house - they refused to do the work due to the unsanitary conditions inside the home, which is when the Sheriff's Office got involved.

Animal cruelty tip leads to arrest of Inverness couple

A tip about possible animal abuse led to the arrest Saturday of an Inverness couple, and the seizure of 36 dogs.
 
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office said that Ryan McLean, 26, and Deana Feldman, 47, both of 3866 S. Alpine Ave. in Inverness are each facing one count of felony animal cruelty and 27 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
 
Bond for each of was set at a total of $32,000.
 

Animal Services to hold Super Bowl Saturday event

It’s Dogs vs. Cats at the Citrus County Animal Services Super Bowl Saturday event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Citrus County Animal Shelter, 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness. 
 
The event is free and open to the public. There will be vendors, food and fun for all ages. 
 

County names new Animal Services Director

Citrus County Department of Community Services has named Morgan Woodard as the new Animal Services Director. Woodard will start in his new position on Monday, Oct. 17.
 
Woodward is coming from Hillsborough County as the Pet Services Manager for Hillsborough County Pet Resources, where his responsibilities included front desk operations, volunteers and events management.

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