JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One man is in jail after what an Animal Control officer called "one of the worst cases" of animal abuse he has seen.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report, an officer was called to assist Animal Care and Protective Services Division, which responded Monday afternoon to a complaint at the Rozafa Apartments on Almeda Street in northwest Jacksonville.
The Animal Control officer reported finding two dogs, an adult and a puppy, chained to the back porch of one of the apartments.
Both were reportedly feeble, and their bones were showing through their skin.
They were covered in flies, and surrounded by urine and feces, the officer reported.
He also said he tossed a piece of food to the adult dog, who tried to get the food, but was too weak and laid back down in urine.
One of the occupants of the apartment, 21-year-old Breon Dirneal Woodard, said he took full responsibility for the dogs, saying he had had them since June and figured they weren't hungry because they didn't eat.
He also said he planned to take them to a veterinarian this week.
After speaking with Woodard, police arrested him on a felony charge of cruelty to animals.
Police also spoke with his fiancee in the home, and are still working with the State Attorney's Office to determine if she will also be charged in the case.
Animal control took custody of the dogs.
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