The first documented complaint we have a record of was filed in 1997. Concerned citizens have watched in horror as Loren Cava violently jerks dogs leashes, beats them, and pulls them behind her bike on raw bloody paws. Neighbors hear the dogs screaming and when they demand to see her dogs she states she was applying a medication allegedly prescribed to her by Dr. Brenda Ortiz of Shores Animal Hospital located in Gainesville Florida. Numerous welfare calls have come in to both local police and Alachua County Animal Services with only one dog confiscated. Poor Daisy was dragged behind Loren Cava’s bike until her nails ripped off. Alachua county animal services returned Daisy to Loren Cava a few days later. Daisy dropped dead on one of the horrific walks and Loren simply removed her collar and kept walking her other dog. She left Daisy’s remains on the sidewalk. When her emaciated dogs drop dead she simply replaces them and gets another. Neighbors call to report dogs screaming in her home, witnessing beatings with an umbrella, and cuts from leash yanking, dogs falling unable to walk, and of course raw bloody paws. If you love animals ask Alachua County Animal Services to take her to court and get a judgement preventing her from owning animals. Ask Dr. Brenda Ortiz and any other vet at Shores Animal hospital to quit minimizing the condition of Loren Cava’s dogs.
As long as there is a vet on record saying the dogs look okay or are “just a little thin” justice for the dogs will never come.
7/26/17 Upon arrival the dog owner was speaking with a GPD officer. She was explaining that the complainant was video taping her walking the dogs and making the dogs not want to walk. I advised the owner that because of the age of one of the dogs, Daisy 14, and the fact that it was 90 degrees outside, that it was no time to walk the dogs that far from home. I advised her to take the dogs home, only about another 50 yards, and put them inside where they could cool down and rest. Ms. Cava got very agitated about not being able to finish what she considered her routine. I emphasise that walking the dogs in the hottest part of the day was not very good for them and it would be better to walk in early morning or late evening when it was cooler. Again she insisted she needed to walk them from 4:30-6:30 PM. I then warned her that if she continues walking the dog in their current state I would issue her a ticket for Failure to Treat Humanely . She then left in the direction of her home. I also advised Ms. Cava that she may want to ask her vet, Shores AH, what is a good walking distance for Daisy in her condition.
Activity Comment: WATCHING A WOMAN DRAGGING TWO DOGS BEHIND HER ON BICYCLE
08/17/17 Upon arrival myself and Officer F. made contact with Mrs. Cava. It was explained to her in regards to our visit today. She was not very happy to see Animal Services again. We discussed many different options for her walking Daisy and not ride her bike with her. She showed us the letter from her vet (Shores Animal Hospital.) I discussed therapy for her arthritis and supplements. I did let her know that I was going to come back out and check back in with her to see how things are going. I also gave her a written warning for 72.10,22, and 23. Both Daisy and Elizabeth will be due for rabies vaccs/tags next month. Mrs. Cava stated that she has an appointment for the day after Labor day. Mrs. Cava signed the written warning. Call Closed due to not having a witness to contact for affidavits, etc.
I did contact Shores before we went out to the residence to verify the last time Daisy was seen at the vet. Mrs. Cava had the dog in the vet office in March of 2017.
3/1/18 Upon arrival, I made contact with GPD CPL Klikandall who explained that GPD SGT Young (645) had seen Loren Cava dragging her dog down the sidewalk and the dogs rear paws were injured and bloody. I immediately went to examine the dog. The dog "Daisy" listed in chameleon as a spayed black and brown catahoula mix was laying at the fornt door of a business. I examined her rear paws at they were bloody as reported. One of the paws had just an abrasion but the other paw appeared to have nails missing and the toes were bleeding. I immediately asked SGT Young for her to fill out an affidavit and she agreed . I obtained pictures of the wounds and the dog. I then contacted INV. Farnell and explained what I had and who was involved. She spoke with Director Williams and they decided that it was best for "Daisy" to be confiscated. I informed the Corporal of what I intended to do. SGT. Yong completed her affidavit and I notarized it. I informed her that I would be confiscating the dog and issuing Cava a citation but I wanted to the citation and an impound notice prepared first. The SGT reiniated contact with Cava and engaged in conversation until I had the citation and impound notice complete. After completing these items, I made contact with Cava and advised her that I was isssuing her a citation for violation of county ord, 72.10, Failure to Treat Humanely. After explained the citation and obtaining her signature she asked me if she could take "Daisy" home and I advised her that "Daisy" would be coming with me and that I had spoken with INV Farnell who had spoken to Director Williams and that they felt "Daisy" needed to confiscated under investigation for possible cruelty. I provided Cava with her copy of the citation and a copy of an impound notice. I explained to Cava the options to take of the citation. Cava asked when she could speak to someone about "Daisy" I told her she would need to speak to INV Farnell on Monday. At this point, I loaded "Daisy" into the ACAS vehicle and transported her to AVS for a medical exam. I presented her to AVS and explained why we confiscated the dog. The vet on duty spoke with Director Williams to get authorization for bloodwork. I provided the vet with a cruelty exam form. I also took some more photographs as the vet conducted her physical exam.
3/1/18 Continued:::: I spoke with ACO Maurer by phone and advised her of the situation . I advised her that when she picks up "Daisy" from AVS in the morning (3/2) to transport the dog directly to Shore Animal Hospital for Xrays , per Director Williams. I told her the dog was already logged into the system in the "VET" Kennel. I then returned to ACAS, completed the paperwork and provided INV Farnell and Director Williams with copies. GPD CASE# 02-18-003872
5-20-20 Upon arrival with Investigator Castleman we spoke with Loren Cava. She brought the dogs out for us to see - Elizabeth appears a little thin, but is also a 12 year old dog. Ms. Cava had taken Elizabeth in on 3/9/20 for her regular vet checkup and the dog was listed with a good body weight and healthy. Eliza appears thin also and Ms. Cava stated she has a vet appointment on 6/8/20. I provided her with a written warning and mandatory vet exam for Eliza to be completed by vet during the appointment. This was explained to Ms. Cava and she stated she would have it done. Recheck on 6/9/20 if mandatory vet exam is not returned. (bfox)
5/21/20 Received call from owner stating that she took her dog to the vet this moring and the information should be emailed back to investigators. (nhealy)
6/3/20 Lauren Cava called to say that on her walk yesterday one business owner said the dogs looked good.She said vet visit is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 8 at Shores AH with Dr. B. Ortiz. (SClontz)
6/12/20 Lauren Cava called to check whether investigators received results of June 8 vet visit at Shores AH. Transferred her to Inv Brad Fox's extension to leave a message. (SClontz)
6-15-20 Upon arrival the front door was open, screen door closed. Knocked several times and rang bell and no one answered door. (bfox)
06/16/20 Upon arrival the front door was closed. Rang the door bell and no one came to the door. Left a notice for her to contact Animal Services. (BFox)
6/17/20 Spoke with Ms. Cava over the phone and explained to her that we did not receive the man vet form from Shores animal hospital. She called shores and asked them to send me a copy of all medical records for Elizabeth and Eliza which I received. We will follow up on a recheck with Eliza in two weeks.
8-25-20 I contacted Shores animal hospital who had recently seend Eliza and Elizabeth in May/June for their well being check. I was informed by Shores front desk that they did not have any notations of wear / tear on either of the dogs pads at that time. I explained the complaint that was filed on that end and requested that they keep animal services informed when the dogs are brought in for their 6 month check up. I was told that they would put a notation as to the request to check both of the dogs pads during the visit. Shores will also contact animal services if there are any concerns related to the dogs pads or any other issues that they notice during the vet visit. (bfox)
8-25-20 I contacted the complainant and attempted to explain the situation to her. She stated that she has already spoke with the director Ed williams and that she was currently working and I could call her back later. I told her unless unforeseen events occur I will call her back. (bfox)
8-27-20 I contacted the complainant via phone and spoke with her at length reference the complaint. I educated her on what we have done and that we will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with Shores animal hospital.
6-17-97 9:16 Spoke to Shores - He said the dog "Crystal" is under his care & in his medical opinion, she is not doing the dog any harm and he has instructed her to excerise the dog in this manner - said the dog does not have the use of one of his rear legs & is on pain medication