Dolores Saverese, 56, of Boca Raton, was arrested on animal cruelty charges. Photo courtesy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Boca Raton woman who investigators say “obsessively” collects dogs was arrested Friday on animal cruelty charges after six crates containing dead dogs and a trash bag containing a dead Labrador puppy were carted from her home.
Investigators found an unconfirmed number of dead dogs inside Saverese’s home, along the 700 block of W. Camino Real, along with nine Cocker Spaniels that were living alongside heaps of trash, according to the arrest affidavit.
The spaniels had hair stained by urine and matted with feces, according to the affidavit, and a county veterinarian later found that most of the dogs had an infection and four had painful skin abrasions.
Saverese has had other incidents with animal welfare officials. They first visited her home in 2008 after an animal cruelty complaint. She was given one year probation after 23 dogs were seized from her residence, documents show.
Animal care and control officers visited her home at least five times before an anonymous animal cruelty complaint started the latest investigation on Aug. 23, according to the report.
Saverese told officers the puppy and a German Shepherd had died about a month earlier. She said one or two dogs had died years ago, the report said.
Saverese, who told authorities she got the dogs from a breeder in Missouri, has been charged with eight counts of animal cruelty and eight counts of confining animals without sufficient food, water or exercise. She was released from jail late Saturday on $24,000 bond.
Efforts to reach Saverese for comment were unsuccessful.
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