SARASOTA, Fla. -- Animal Services investigators in Sarasota say they've arrested a woman who's dog was found severely underweight and malnourished.
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According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, the investigation started July 7th, when Animal Services Officers were contacted by a woman who claimed to find a stray dog at a gas station just north of University Parkway on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Officers traced the dog back to 21-year-old Brittany Osborne of Sarasota. When questioned, Osborne told deputies that Adria, an American Pit Bull mix, was missing for more than a month after she ran away because she was improperly latched. While Adria was missing, Osborne adopted another dog and refused to take Adria back, claiming the two animals wouldn’t get along.
Due to her extreme emaciation, Adria was transported to a local veterinarian for care. Deputies noted Adria’s overgrown nails and staining on her body consistent with the animal being confined to a small space and forced to lay in urine or feces. An evaluation by the veterinarian confirmed that Adria was severely underweight and malnourished.
Further investigation revealed the woman who initially claimed to find Adria at the gas station on July 7 was actually a friend to Osborne. When interviewed, Osborne admitted to asking the woman to call animal services to claim Adria was a stray dog so that she would not get in trouble.
Osborne was arrested Friday and charged with felony Animal Cruelty and Confinement of Animals without Food or Water.
She is also not allowed to have any contact with or ownership of any animals. She remains in custody on $2,000 bond.
Adria continues rehabilitation under the care of Animal Services staff and may be eligible for adoption in the future.