Brevard County man faces animal cruelty charges

                The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said a man accused of animal cruelty faces charges.  A woman called them on September 1 and told them that Joseph Farkas, 68, had been "starving his dogs to death," according to an affidavit.  She visited Farkas' house and noticed that his dogs were in poor condition.  The deputies made her leave when I asked her if Farkas wanted help opening a bag of dog food.  While examining the two dogs, Katie and Darcy, Farkas allegedly didn't want the detectives to see the dogs, saying they were sick and didn't want anyone to take his family.  Office, Farkas ended up letting a welfare check take place, as one of Farkas' dogs, Darcy, had skin between her bones, bruises on her heels, dry skin and plaques on her teeth.  The mayor's office said the chair she was sitting on contained urine, indicating she hadn't been taken out to use the bathroom in a while.  Darcy was unable to move from where she was sitting, and Farkas' other dog, Katie, also had difficulty moving and had urine on her back paws.  Katie was constantly in pain during a well-being check, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, and ingrown toenails and ribs were also observed under her skin.  It was discovered that Katie was also not treated for parasites, a bag of dog food appeared to be unused, and the affidavit said it was surrounded by fur, dust and dirt.  Both dogs were determined upon further examination to be in a life-threatening condition.  Darcy and Katie have been removed from Farkas' home and received medical attention.  Farkas was arrested facing two counts of severe animal cruelty and two counts of unlawful animal confinement, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. 
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                <strong class="dateline">Brevard County, Florida -</strong>                                             <p>The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said a man accused of animal cruelty faces charges. 

A woman called them on September 1 and told them that Joseph Farkas, 68, had “starved his dogs to death,” according to the affidavit.

She visited Farkas’ house and noticed that his dogs were in poor condition.

The woman told MPs that he made her leave when she asked if Farkas wanted help opening a bag of dog food.

While examining the two dogs, Katie and Darcy, Farkas allegedly didn’t want the detectives to see the dogs, saying they were sick and didn’t want anyone to take his family.

However, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Farkas ended up allowing a welfare check to take place.

One of Farkas’ dogs, Darcy, had sunken skin between her bones, bruises on her heels, dry skin and plaques on her teeth.

The mayor’s office said the chair she was sitting on contained urine, indicating she hadn’t been out to use the bathroom in a while.

Detectives ran an examination to check Darcy’s mobility, but despite efforts to see if she could move, Darcy was unable to move from where she was sitting.

Farkas’ other dog, Katie, also had difficulty moving and urine appeared on her paws.

Katie is constantly in pain during a welfare check, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Enlarged toenails and ribs under her skin were also observed.

It was discovered that Katie had gone untreated for the parasites.

The dog food bag appeared to be unused and the affidavit said it was surrounded by fur, dust and dirt.

Both dogs were determined upon further examination to be in a life-threatening condition.

Darcy and Katie have been removed from Farkas’ home and received medical attention.

Farkas was arrested facing two counts of severe animal cruelty and two counts of unlawful animal confinement, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

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