Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Deputy Michelle Pace, FTO Jayne Lytle
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // October 3, 2016
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In late August Deputy Michelle Pace and Field Training Officer (FTO) Jayne Lytle responded to a call in reference to assisting Animal Services with an animal complaint.
During the complaint, the homeowner met the Deputies and Animal Enforcement Officers in the front yard approximately 20 feet from the front door. During the initial contact, the homeowner agreed to surrender 10 dogs to our Animal Services Team.
While Deputy Pace and FTO Lytle were on scene, they observed the homeowner being very secretive about what was occurring inside the residence. Deputy Pace and FTO Lytle were able to smell an overwhelming odor of feces and urine emitting from inside the residence.
At this time both Deputy Pace and FTO Lytle recognized that poor living conditions existed inside the residence that was also occupied by two children.
Based upon their observations and concerns, Deputy Pace and FTO Lytle then contacted the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and asked them to assist in the investigation.
Deputy Pace and FTO Lytle subsequently responded back to the residence in conjunction with DCF and were allowed access into the residence. Once inside the Deputies and DCF Team discovered horrific living conditions that placed the occupants of the home in danger.
Observed inside the residence were large amounts of trash, animal feces, roaches, and an additional 25 dogs.
While talking to the children, it was later discovered that the children were not enrolled in school and were not being properly cared for. The investigation culminated with the children being removed from the residence, the dogs being rescued by Animal Services and the homeowner being arrested for child neglect.
Deputy Pace and FTO Lytle showed great diligence by furthering the initial call for service. Deputy Pace and FTO Lytle’s efforts ultimately led to two children and numerous animals being rescued from deplorable living conditions.
I could not be more proud of their actions and their commitment to protecting our community.
Please join me in thanking Deputy Pace and FTO Lytle for their continued commitment to our agency and community.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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