Couple charged with animal cruelty

4 dogs, boa constrictor abandoned inside home, police say

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A Boynton Beach couple has been charged with animal cruelty after police say they moved out of their home and left several several dogs and a boa constrictor abandoned inside.

According to the police report, officers responded to the home at 124 N.W. 10th Avenue after receiving complaints that there were abandoned animals inside the home.

Neighbors told police that the couple who lived there had moved out several weeks earlier.

Police found two dogs, crying and whining, pushing their muzzles outside broken windows.

Once inside police said they found two more caged, underweight puppies who appeared to sick, injured and in distress. They also found a boa constrictor in plastic tank in one of the bedrooms.

The home was empty of furniture and the floors were "covered in feces and urine," according to police.

Police identified the tenants as Patricia Gail Walker, 24, and her husband, Demetris Devon Walker, 34.

The animals were seized by Palm Beach County Animal Control.

The Walkers were charged with 4 counts of cruelty to animals and 4 counts of unlawful confinement of animals.

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