Deputies arrested a 48-year-old Collier County man Wednesday after they say four dogs suffered severe neglect while in his care.
Rodrigo Ochoa is charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Deputies responded to Ochoa’s residence in January to conduct a welfare check on another person who lives there. Deputies smelled a foul stench of urine and feces coming from the garage and could hear dogs barking. Deputies asked Ochoa if they could see the dogs and he consented.
According to arrest reports, deputies found four dogs living in horrid conditions. The dogs were kept inside a dark garage with no air conditioning. They were locked in small cages, wallowing in their waste, with filthy and mostly empty food and water bowls. Two of the dogs had open wounds and untreated skin conditions. All of them appeared to show signs of extreme drowsiness and confusion.
Ochoa told deputies the dogs have been in his care for approximately two years, reports said.
The dogs were identified as a 19-year-old female Yorkshire terrier; a 13-year-old female Rhodesian Ridgeback; a 12-year-old female American Staffordshire terrier; and a 7-year-old bull terrier.
The following day, Ochoa surrendered the dogs to Collier County Domestic Animal Services which performed a series of exams on the animals. The dogs were found to be suffering from various ailments as a result of neglect and abuse, including pancreas and kidney diseases, heart conditions, large masses, pulmonary edemas, and degenerative joint disorders. Three of the dogs were not able to be saved and had to be euthanized due to their conditions, reports said.Ochoa was taken into custody at his residence and booked in the Naples Jail Center on the felony charge.