Seminole County

Seminole County man accused of animal cruelty after 30 dogs found living in deplorable conditions

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County deputies said more than 30 dogs were rescued from a kennel where they were living in deplorable conditions.

Deputies said they also found four dead dogs at the facility on East 20th Street in Midway and a fifth that had to be put down.


“It looks clearly like a puppy mill where they were just he was breeding dogs and cared absolutely nothing about the dogs whatsoever,” Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said.

Brandon Blake is facing 26 charges involving animal cruelty and confining an animal without sufficient food or water, and the county has revoked his kennel license.

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Deputies said Blake had been recently arrested in a domestic violence case, and child protective services went to the home to do a well-being check.

The investigator said they noticed several dogs in various states of poor health, and when the investigator went outside she noticed even more dogs in deplorable conditions.

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The dogs are now being cared for by Seminole County Animal Services, which is nearing capacity.

To help get more of the animals they’re caring for adopted, animal services is having a $5 adoption sale, not on the dogs they just received, but on all dogs in their care.

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Click here for more information on how you can adopt one of the available dogs.

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Jeff Levkulich

Jeff Levkulich,

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.