SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Lehigh Acres woman was charged with animal cruelty after deputies say she brought a severely malnourished dog to the shelter saying it was a stray, when it was actually her dog.
nvestigators say Alexandria Drew, 20, brought a 10-month-old Border Collie to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services facility on Sept. 13. When Drew attempted to turn the dog in as a stray, Animal Services personnel checked the dog’s registered microchip and found that Drew was the registered owner.
Investigators say that when Drew adopted “Richter” in March 2016 from the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the growing puppy weighed 25 pounds. When Drew brought Richter to animal services six months later, the dog weighed 20 pounds.
Veterinarians confirmed that Richter suffered from malnourishment due to neglect and lack of food. When questioned, Drew allegedly said she was too busy working to take care of the dog and couldn’t afford the $30 surrender fee at the Humane Society.
Drew was arrested Wednesday and charged with Cruelty to Animals and Confinement Without Sufficient Food. She was released on the same day on $1,000 bond.
Richter remains at the Humane Society of Sarasota County where he is expected to make a full recovery.
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