The Clewiston News

Elderly man arrested on animal cruelty charges

James Herrmann

A Montura Ranch resident was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after Hendry County Investigators acted on complaints of neglect.

James Thomas Herrmann, 75, was arrested Dec. 30 by Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Investigators and charged with one count animal cruelty, causing death, pain and suffering.

The arrest came after ongoing complaints were made by Clewiston Animal Control officers who said Herrmann was allegedly starving his animals and allowing the animals to fight with one another until they caused injuries.

Animal control officers also reported that the smell of urine and feces made it nearly impossible to enter Herrmann’s residence, located at 787 Appaloose Ave in Montura Ranch.

Animal control officers also reported that feces had been embedded in the dogs’ hair and had caused sores and other health issues and Herrmann was not providing medical care at the time, according to the sheriff’s office.

After serving a search warrant, Hendry County Investigators entered the residence on Dec. 30 and found nine fully grown dogs and three puppies inside.

Officers reportedly had to sedate some of the dogs to make them stop fighting so they could be safely removed from the home. All of the dogs were seized and taken by Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Herrmann was booked in the Hendry County Jail and released the next day on $5,000 bond.