Suspect commits apparent suicide after animal cruelty arrest in Sarasota County

Posted at 2:22 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 14:22:11-04

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- A Nokomis woman who was part of an animal cruelty arrest earlier this week has been found dead in her cell of an apparent suicide.

56-year-old Mary Lamb was found unresponsive in the Sarasota County jail just after 6 p.m. Tuesday.  She was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

Lamp (see here at left) was one of three people arrested on Monday and charged with Animal Cruelty in connection with the death of a 7-pound dog in Nokomis on June 27.

70-year-old Eddie Roden and 51-year-old Mona Lisa Gehman were also arrested.

The investigation started on June 27th, when a witness reported seeing Lamb and Roden carrying a 7-pound Pomeranian by its neck and tail at a home on North River Road.  Deputies arrived to find the dog deceased.

Lamb admitted she tried to strangle the dog but was unsuccessful.  She says Gehman stepped in to "finish the job."  Roden also admitted to playing a part in Georgie's death by tying a shoestring around its neck.

The investigation is ongoing.