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Howling And Crying Dogs; Neighbors Claim Woman Has Abused Her Dogs For 20 Years

Published: June 15, 2021 at 05:13 AM Author: Penny Eims

Gainesville, Florida – Neighbors of a woman in Gainesville, Florida, want Alachua County animal control to remove dogs from her care. Amazingly, official complaints against Loren Cava date back to 1997.

Neighbors claim that dogs at Cava’s home can be heard howling and crying and that she can be seen hitting them, and dragging them on walks. An animal control officer even said, on camera, that if it was up to him, he would not allow her to have dogs.

Enough is enough! Alachua Animal Control needs to remove the dogs from Loren Cava’s home and prohibit her from owning any pets in the future. Please add your name today – the dogs have suffered long enough!

Since 1997, Loren Cava’s neighbors have been filing reports with the Alachua Animal Control agency. In a video statement, Ed Williams, the Animal Services Director at the animal services facility, acknowledged that Cava is being investigated, stating:

“There is an open investigation into these allegations. The owner of the dogs has been issued an order to provide care by Alachua County Animal Services due to the physical conditions of her dogs.”

This has been happening for DECADES. One neighbor told WCBJ News:

“I’ve seen her hit them, the dark one at least six times. Sometimes she carries an umbrella with her, and I’ve watched her strike the dark one. Six times in the last six months.”

Another said:

“I feel terrible for these dogs because I’ve never heard her once say something sweet or kind. I can hear everything through our windows and our walls. You can’t hide anything.”

Perhaps the most damning statement is one made by a Gainesville Police Department officer who said:

“I think she loves them, but she is going to kill them.”

How many complaints need to be made for real action to take place? An investigation isn’t good enough. Neighbors have protested at the animal services facility, but nothing seems to be happening.

Are officials at the animal services facility waiting for a dog to suffer serious injury or death before they remove Cava’s pets? Shouldn’t action be taken before that happens? One animal control officer said, on camera, that if it was up to him, he wouldn’t allow Cava to own dogs. How much suffering need to happen before the dogs are removed?

We believe that the animal services facility needs to take action now and we need your support to make it happen. Please add your name to the petition today!

Petition Letter



WCJB News (updated)


Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

6/21/2021: Read Animal Services Response Here.

Update 6/21/2021: Today Animal Victory sent our petition letter along with 13,238 signatures and comments to Ed Williams, Director of Alachua Animal Control agency, Commissioners of Alachua Animal Control Agency, and Veterinarians of Shore Animal Hospital.


Howling And Crying Dogs; Neighbors Claim Woman Has Abused Her Dogs For 20 Years

662 signatures = 4% of goal


662 John Robertson Nov 30, 2022
661 Lisel Sipes How could the neighbors let this crap go on??? Nov 19, 2022
660 Dana Dykes Nov 19, 2022
659 brigitte deschaintre Nov 11, 2022
658 Denise Carlson Oct 28, 2022
657 Lisa Cairns Oct 20, 2022
656 Carolina Pino Oct 15, 2022
655 Audrey Wilson Oct 08, 2022
654 Shannon Nichols Oct 07, 2022
653 Marga Gili Sep 22, 2022
652 Guisselle Martinez Sep 17, 2022
651 Carmen Verdugo Sep 11, 2022
650 Kelly A Kalish Sep 10, 2022
649 Michelle Krueger Sep 09, 2022
648 Tammy Welch Sep 07, 2022
647 Nancy Coupe Sep 03, 2022
646 Kristen Megan Veronica Aug 24, 2022
645 Farah Khumbatta Aug 20, 2022
644 Ethel Riegel Aug 19, 2022
643 Anu Dutt Aug 18, 2022
642 susan parsons Aug 17, 2022
641 COURTNEY WHITNEY Aug 17, 2022
640 Iris Barter Aug 11, 2022
639 Vickie Barnett Aug 10, 2022
638 Renee Crawford Aug 10, 2022
637 Susan Welch Aug 06, 2022
636 Ana Carolina Casey Put this evil dog abuser in prison for ever ! Aug 05, 2022
635 Carolyn Chamberland Aug 02, 2022
634 Angela Araujo Jul 27, 2022
633 Debbie Coggins Jul 25, 2022