Bizarre dog rescue: pets fed off their owner

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

NORTH PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-- A family of dogs left with no water, no sustenance and the only thing they could turn to was their owner.

Officials conducted a welfare check at the home located in the exclusive gated community of Captain's Key in North Palm Beach Thursday.

When they arrived, they found the man's lifeless body.

It appears he had been dead for at least a week and there was clear evidence a family of dogs, including a pure bred pit bull in his care, were feeding off him.

A mother and father dog, along with the two puppies, were picked up by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary and Hospital in Jupiter was contacted by the man's family about the situation.

Executive Director Kay-Linette Roca says as bizarre as this may seem, the animals had no choice.

"I don't think it's unusual at all. They are trying to survive. The poor animals were locked and had no food, nor water. They were traumatized and we want to do what's best for the pets," said Roca.

The dogs are right now in custody of animal care and control. But Roca is hopeful they will be turned over to her no-kill animal shelter.

She says the dogs are well tempered and loving and should not have any problems in a regular home, despite the bizarre situation.

She wants to put them up for adoption.

Authorities have not released the man's identity, nor the cause of death.