Man accused in animal hoarding case bonds out of jail
Couple arrested after more than 100 abused, neglected animals found in their home
Two days after crews rescued more than 100 abused and neglected animals from his Hialeah townhome, Rubin Arrojo somehow managed to bond out of jail Saturday, a day after he told prosecutors he didn't have a lot of money.
Arrojo's wife, Ileana Arnais, remains in jail.
Police found the animals locked up in cages, starving and living among feces, roaches, and maggots inside the couple's 1,100 square foot home. Rescuers also found some dead animals.
"This is extreme animal hoarding in deplorable conditions," said one rescuer.
"The roaches way out numbered the residents in the complex that they lived," said a Hialeah detective. "The house was deplorable. In fact, one of our SWAT members who went into the house had to run back out within minutes to vomit."
Detectives launched Operation Fido to rescue the animals.
Officers say they found dogs, cats, turtles, birds, chickens, even a hedgehog and a pig. They say a goat once even lived there.
Police arrested Arnais and Arrojo and charged them with 34 counts of animal cruelty.
On Friday morning, a judge set bond at $85,000 for each Arnais and Arrojo.
"I'm not trying to embarrass you, Miss Arnais" the detective told Arrojo during Friday's hearing. "But have you ever been treated for any mental health issues?"
"No," she replied.
Doctors are hard at work nursing the animals back to health. The next step is to track down good homes for them.
Rescuers say many of the dogs had never even stepped out of the house since they were born.
Vets think animals will recover
It took rescuers nearly six hours to get all of the animals out of the home.
Several vets are helping the rescue group care for the animals, including Dr. Matt Cooper of Sky Lake Animal Hospital in Miami.
"These animals have been in horrific conditions," said Dr. Cooper.
Dr. Cooper was optimistic that with some care, most of the animals will be fine.
"They're all pretty socialized, which is, you know, great," he added.
Three of the animals had to be euthanized.
Other animals are being treated by veterinarians throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The vet bills so far have totaled more than $30,000. And with the conditions that some of these animals are in, they are going to need a lot more care before they can be adopted.
If you are interested in adopting any of the rescued animals contact A Better Life Rescue 305-978-0059 or Get a Life Rescue 954-629-2445.
Six of the cats rescued are ready for adoption, according to Dr. Matthew Cooper at Sky Lake Animal Hospital.
Hialeah Police confirm the various birds that were on Thursday are not available for adoption. The State approved an organization that runs a bird sanctuary in Miami-Dade County to adopt all of the birds from A Better Life Rescue. So the rescued birds from Hialeah will now be living at the sanctuary and are not available for private adoption.
On Saturday, 15 of the dogs rescued from a Hialeah town home of Thursday will be available for the public to see as rescue groups attempt to get them adopted.
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