Wednesday the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office reported the start on an investigation into dead and abandoned animals at a home in Navarre.

According to Sgt. Scott Haines, deputies responded to a home in Navarre in reference to a public nuisance complaint at 1675 Winding Shore Dr.

Deputies had previously gone to the home in an attempt to make contact with the homeowner. During those visits they observed minor nuisance violations.

Tuesday, Haines indicated the sheriff's office had received information concerning possible dead animals.

After contacting the hone owner and obtaining a search warrant based on seeing a dead dog and dead cat and an empty birdcage through the Florida room as well as an extreme amount of feces and urine covering the floor.

Once inside officers found three dead dogs, three dead cats, and a dead bird inside the home at 1675 Winding Shore Dr., and the inside of the home was covered in animal feces and urine.

Investigators noted it appeared the animals had eaten anything they could find in an attempt to survive, which included furniture cushions.

According to Haines, it is believed all the animals died from starvation.

The previous owner, who arrived after being contacted by officers, denied the ownership or abandoning of the animals.

Officers are investigating the circumstances to determine ownership and the case remains under active investigation according to Haines.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office ask anyone with information concerning the animals left at 1675 Winding Shore Dr. to contact Deputy Schmitt at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office, 981-2109 or to contact Santa Rosa Crime Stoppers at 437-7867.