Sheriff arrest Tampa schoolteacher after finding over 300 animals crammed in mobile home

Deputies detained a Tampa-area schoolteacher after they discovered hundreds of pets inside her mobile home.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lisa Lacharite’s home on Thursday morning after receiving a tip from the nonprofit SPCA.

“She made a comment that the ones still at her property are in way worse condition, which clearly made us realize we need to get animal control involved and do a welfare check on the existing animals on the property,” Randa Richter, a representative for the SPCA, told me.

Lacharite, a second-grade teacher, sought care for some of her cats in early December, but they were extremely malnourished and in poor condition, according to officials.

Sheriff arrest Tampa schoolteacher after finding over 300 animals crammed in mobile home

The more than 300 animals, which included cats, dogs, and birds, were discovered crowded into a double-wide mobile home after a welfare check.

“I think her intent was not evil, but she was clearly overwhelmed, and she didn’t cooperate with SPCA, who offered to take them off of her hands,” the sheriff of Polk County, Grady Judd, stated. “She asked for food, but she would not cooperate with them.”

Despite the fact that no dead animals were discovered on the property, Judd stated that it is unknown whether or not all of the rescues will live.

The animals are currently being treated at Polk County Animal Control and may be available for adoption in the future.

“She clearly broke the law.” “She continued to break the law,” Judd said.

Lacharite was charged with felony animal cruelty on five charges and animal neglect on 304 offenses.

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