• Brevard County Animal Services removes 10 chickens, dog abandoned at Cocoa home, officials say

    By: Melonie Holt


    COCOA, Fla. - After several sleepless nights and calls to the Cocoa Police Department, Dennis Turcotte said Friday that he could finally relax after 10 chickens and a dog abandoned at his neighbor’s home were rescued.

    Turcotte said he hasn’t seen his neighbors in at least a week, but he saw a small skittish dog at their home and the chickens going hungry.

    “We’ve been trying to feed the dog, but we couldn’t get to the chickens to feed them,” he said.

    Brevard County Animal Services opened an investigation Monday and posted notices at the North Fiske Boulevard home instructing the residents to contact them within 48 hours.

    When officers returned to the home, they said it appeared the notice had been moved, so they said they had to restart the clock.

    On Thursday evening, officers were finally able to remove the dog and chickens from the home, which was damaged in Hurricane Irma.

    “I can’t judge people,” Turcotte said. “They have a lot of issues, but they shouldn’t have left the animals locked up like this.”

    Animal Services officials were still trying to contact the property owner Friday, but said he may not be the person who owns the animals.

    If the owners of the animals are found, they could be fined, Animal Services officials said.

    Turcotte was just glad he didn’t have to worry about them going untended anymore.

    “I’ve been stressed out for over a week now,” he said. “I’m just glad everybody came together to deal with this.”

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