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Florida man wanted for animal cruelty after police find 9 abused dogs

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 12:54:16-04

BRADENTON -- Police are looking for a 31-year-old man wanted on felony warrants for animal cruelty regarding 9 dogs locked in his backyard. 

The Manatee County Animal Services and Bradenton Police seized nine dogs from the backyard of 1106 3rd Street West, Bradenton. 

One of the smaller dogs had injuries to his head, ear and tail and was tethered to a tree by a heavy chain.  None of the dogs had food. 

Neither electricity nor running water is connected to the house where these dogs were caged.  There were several violations cited by the Animal Control officers.

All of the dogs were taken to a secure facility for medical examinations performed by a certified veterinarian. 

Two of the nine dogs were suffering from injuries and neglect from not receiving care for these injuries and are now considered evidence.

Derris Sturdivant claims ownership of all of the dogs and has not cooperated with police.  Mr. Sturdivant has not cooperated with our investigation.  

All nine dogs are now in the custody of Manatee County Animal Services and will be examined and treated for any and all injuries. 

Once the dogs are free of any injuries they will be put up for adoption.

Anyone with knowledge of the location of  Sturdivant, is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300.