Florida man accused of starving dogs, drinks detergent to avoid going to jail

Joseph Farkas is accused of starving two dogs on the verge of death. Mugshot is courtesy of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

The Brevard County sheriff said he’d like to put a man under jail instead of inside it after deputies discovered two emaciated dogs lying paralyzed next to an unopened bag of dog food inside the man’s home.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey says investigators went to Joseph Farkas’ home in early September after a concerned citizen called because they were worried about his dogs, Katie and Darcy.

According to the deputies, the dogs were emaciated and in a state of paralysis when they arrived.

Ivey said investigators had to carry the dogs out of the home for urgent intervention and medical treatment.

“Their conditions were so horrific that Katie was paralyzed on the dorm floor for days and was lying in puddles of her own urine. If that wasn’t bad enough, our team determined that Katie suffered urine burns in her urine and could not escape to safety or even change her position “.

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Ivy said Darcy was in worse shape. She was suffering from skin disease and complete emaciation.

“Darcy was actually paralyzed by Farkas’ willful neglect and lack of empathy… Essentially, Darcy’s organs were shutting down. Her heart was unable to circulate blood and she was only days away from death when another human appeared. This was all medically determined that It may be caused by extreme hunger.

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The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man who they say nearly starved to death on purpose.

When the dogs were rescued, Katie weighed just 38 pounds and Darcy only 31.6 pounds. The vets say Katie should have weighed about 50 pounds and Darcy should have weighed about 45.

Ivy said a sealed bag of dog food was placed on the wall, right in sight of the dogs. According to investigators, it was about a month.

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“What kind of crazy and cruel person would do that to a helpless animal? Our vets believed that an unopened bag of dog food in front of Katie and Darcy actually caused more emotional pain and agony in addition to the physical suffering they were subjected to. It was already suffering,” Ivey stated.

“There is no doubt that Farkas deliberately starved these puppies to death and showed no remorse as he told investigators he did not believe his dogs needed any help.”


One of the rescued dogs has been adopted and the other one will be put up for adoption soon.

Ivy said that when deputies went home to arrest Farkas, he refused to open the door and drank liquid detergent to avoid going to jail because he knew he would need medical attention.

“Our team kicked your door long before you drank enough detergent to hurt yourself, so you went to jail…believe me, you deserve to be under jail, but since the law only allows me to put you in it, it will lead to a must-do.”

Ivy says Katie and Darcy are recovering and that they are walking, running and playing.

He says Darcy has been adopted and Katie should be ready for adoption soon.

Farkas faces felony charges of animal cruelty.

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