Jupiter woman Virginia Louise Robison charged with animal cruelty over emaciated and dead cats

A Jupiter woman was arrested on Thursday for animal cruelty and abandonment of animals after investigators found two dead cats and another that was "extremely emaciated" inside her former home.

Virginia Louise Robison, 56, was released from the Palm Beach County Jail this morning after posting a $9,000 surety bond. She is facing three counts of causing cruel death and suffering to an animal, and three counts of unlawful confinement and abandonment of an animal.

Robison was taken into custody on Thursday after a Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control investigator learned on Dec. 30 from a county code enforcement officer that there were three "severely emaciated cats" living in the home of 19950 Jasmine Drive in Jupiter Ridge.

When confronted over the phone, Robison told an animal care and control investigator that she had found homes for the cats but that the people had not picked them up, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A search warrant was executed on Thursday at the Jasmine Drive home, where investigators found two dead cats and the one emaciated cat. Inside, investigators also found "skeletal remains of cats" buried under debris and garbage, the affidavit stated.

A necropsy concluded that the two dead cats had recently died of starvation and dehydration while the surviving cat was dehydrated and starving to death.

Thursday was not Robison's first encounter with the county's animal care and control investigators. A search warrant served at her home on Nov. 8 yielded 18 cats "in deplorable conditions and varying states of emaciation." Though the affidavit states that charges were filed on the Nov. 8 incident, no record could be found of it.

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