From Tampa Bay Newspapers
Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Safety Harbor pet store owner for animal cruelty after the animals were found in unclean conditions by customers, a sheriff’s report said.
Deputies responded to Puppy Luv at 2741 McMullen Booth Road around 5:11 p.m. on Oct. 10. Customers reportedly had noticed that the business’s door was open, no employees were present and that the animals were in extremely unclean condition, the report said. The customers then called police.
Deputies found 26 dogs in pens with no food or water, and at least one of the dogs was covered in urine, the report said. Another dog, a pit bull, was being kept in an undersized pen, and another dog appeared to be sick with kennel cough. The puppies included poodles, pugs, basset hounds and small terriers.
Deputies were able to make contact with the owner, who responded to the business. The owner, Bernard Nowakowski, 58, was arrested for 26 counts of animal cruelty and one count failure to register business name. He was taken by ambulance to Mease Countryside Hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries after he complained of not feeling well.
The animals were removed from the business by Pinellas County Animal Services.