In Nov of 2017 police went to investigate a stolen car in Daytona Beach, Florida which led them to the surprise of their life.
When officers entered the fenced backyard, they saw numerous neglected dogs. Among them a 4-month-old puppy and seven newborn pups were found and another six adult dogs and a 1-month-old puppy were in heavy chains, police said. Eight other dogs — seven puppies and their mother — were held in cages, the floors covered with feces. None of the dogs had food. All but two of the dogs that were chained did not have water. And two had water that was filled with debris and dirt, investigators said.
Besides tight collars that had made abrasions on the dogs' necks, some of the dogs had puncture scars focused on their faces, necks and fore limbs, "despite being housed separately." The animals also had untreated open wounds and some of them were malnourished, court documents state. Empty cans of scarex were also on scene. Even a breeding device, which the veterinarian's report referred to as a "rape stand," was found in the backyard, a police report states.
The police seized the dogs immediately and they were taken to Halifax Humane Society where several dogs were treated for injuries. (1) (2)
On February 1, 2018 County Judge Angela Dempsey threw out the city's petition to take custody of the animals after the court determined police violated Noble Geathers' Fourth Amendment rights when they searched his property and confiscated the 23 dogs. Noble and Tiera Geathers could not be reached after getting their dogs back. The Geathers' are not facing charges for the dogs' condition and treatment!
The fourth amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
I believe this was NOT an "unreasonable" search or seizure and this judge's mistake should be corrected. I am asking you to sign this petition in order to try to reverse this ruling and get these dogs to safety. The people of Daytona stand with the police department's decision in the seizure of these precious dogs and so do many others.
At this point where the dogs are is anybody's guess. Please sign and share and we will deliver.