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By Jeremy Maready For The Ledger

POLK CITY– Deputies took custody of 261 dogs Thursday – the largest seizure in Polk County history – and arrested the owners of a Polk City non-profit dog rescue organization on animal cruelty charges.

Chuck and Diane O’Malley, who operate Mid-Florida Retriever Rescue Inc. at 15195 Angus Road were booked into the Polk County Jail with bail set at $130,500 each. Each was charged with 261 counts of animal cruelty.

Sheriff’s deputies were called anonymously Wednesday by someone who complained about the condition of the dogs and the environment they were living in, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said.

“What we found was absolutely startling,” he said.

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