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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

624 signatures = 4% of goal

624 Cornelia Herschel Jun 26, 2022
623 Olga Espinoza Jun 23, 2022
622 Rochelle Massey Jun 21, 2022
621 Debbie Mccollum Jun 12, 2022
620 Michele Pierce Jun 04, 2022
619 Carie Matriciano Jun 02, 2022
618 Karin Heusel Jun 02, 2022
617Anonymous Jun 02, 2022
616 Grace Vendemio Jun 02, 2022
615 Sara Sampkin May 29, 2022
614 Janice VanMarter May 29, 2022
613 Marion Friedl May 15, 2022
612 Alessia Di Buono May 14, 2022
611 Ava Fox May 06, 2022
610 Ava Fox May 06, 2022
609 Angela Dennis May 05, 2022
608 Cheryl Harlow Apr 29, 2022
607 Mitra Pejman Apr 29, 2022
606 Christina Petridou Apr 28, 2022
605 Katherine Weesner Apr 26, 2022
604 Debra Newby Help them for goodness sakes! Apr 25, 2022
603 Frank Schultz Apr 24, 2022
602 Sharon Hasek Apr 21, 2022
601 SANDRA LOFARO Apr 21, 2022
600 Patti Molero Apr 20, 2022
599 karen grunke Apr 20, 2022
598 Raymond Moore Apr 20, 2022
597 Roslyn Pollinger Apr 20, 2022
596 Bonnie Welch I really want to know why ppl let this go on!! We sure cannot stop animal cruelty if ppl cannot stand up to a nieghbor!! They are just as guilkty by doing NOTHING!!! Apr 20, 2022
595 Lori Bridy Apr 19, 2022