Sarasota woman arrested for animal cruelty after reportedly ditching her malnourished dog

Posted at 10:42 AM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 15:10:06-04

SARASOTA, Fla. - A Sarasota woman was arrested on Friday when deputies connected her to a malnourished 4-year-old American Pit Bull mix, which they later discovered was a dog she owned and attempted to abandon.

Deputies began their investigator on July 7, 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.

When officers arrived, they scanned the dog for a microchip which traced back to 21-year-old Brittany Osborne, of Sarasota. When questioned, Osborne told deputies that the dog, named "Adria", 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 report that Adria’s nails were overgrown and that the 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 that the woman who initially claimed to find Adria at the gas station on July 7 was actually a friend of Osborne's. 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 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 Friday on $2,000 bond.

Adria continues rehabilitation under the care of Animal Services staff and may be eligible for adoption in the future.