KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla.-- Neighbors tell Action News that nine Keystone Heights animals are withering away.
"The animals have been slowly declining and getting skinny and losing weight," said property owner Juliette Lucas.
The hay that they do have, Lucas says, is stored on top of a virtual cesspool.
"The horses are sick probably because there's raw sewage going into the ground," she said.
Lucas says her tenant, Deborah McCarty, has neglected her animals to the point where two have already died. Their carcasses were just carted off after they sat in her yard for several days.
Action News was at McCarty's RV when Clay County Sheriff's deputies served eviction papers, but Lucas is worried about the animals that are left behind. She says Animal Control is doing little to solve the problem. Agricultural officers tell Action News the situation simply isn't bad enough for them to take action.
"Animal Control is checking the horses every four days and that's about as good as we can do," said agricultural liaison officer Gayward Hendry.
Action News tracked down McCarty herself, but she declined to speak to a reporter.
Lucas is relieved that authorities are helping her with the eviction process, but she's frustrated that nobody is helping the animals.
"I hope the best for the animals," she said. "Two of them are out of their misery now."
Police say McCarty now has five days to respond to the eviction notice, but even that process could take months before she is kicked out.