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An arrest means only that a law enforcement officer attests there is probable cause to reasonably believe that a crime has been committed. An arrestee is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Week of September 29, 2014 - October 5, 2014

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Tried to Obtain DL by Fraud,
Arrested for Possession of Pot
Over 20 Grams, both Felonies

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kenneth J. Wilson, 32, of 4440 123rd Street Court West, in the Village of Cortez.

Kenneth Wilson

According to the first of two arrest reports, on Thursday, Sept. 25th, at about 11 a.m., Wilson was at the Tax Collector's Office, 819 301 Blvd. West, attempting to obtain a driver license.

He had marked the application to indicate that he had never had a driver license and never had one suspended. However, that was determined to be not true. He had driver licenses issued in Arizona and in Washington. The Washington license was suspended for Driving While License Suspended.

The Tax Collector associate who was processing Wilson told Deputy Russell Jacobus, who is stationed there, that Wilson was less than honest and seemed nervous; he also could not confirm some of the identity questions they normally ask people.

Upon sighting Dep. Jacobus, Wilson asked where the bathroom was and allegedly set out to go there, but actually fled the office. Dep. Jacobus looked for him inside and outside the office to no avail.

Wilson left all of his identity papers behind. He was not arrested at that time, but was charged with Using False Information to Obtain a Driver License, and Dep. Jacobus asked for a capias warrant to be issued.

Then, on Friday, Sept. 26th, deputies went to the address Wilson gave as his residence. They spotted him sitting in a white pickup truck in the driveway.

They approached the truck, verified that it was Wilson inside and arrested him immediately.

In a search of Wilson subsequent to his arrest, deputies found a large amount of marijuana in his wind breaker's pocket. The marijuana weighed out to 47.7 grams (1.7 ounces).

He was additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams.

He later posted a bail bond in the amount of $3,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Goodwill Employee Arrested
for Theft from Register

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Chadwick Holloman, 23, of 302 26th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Chadwick Holloman

The arrest report said Holloman was an employee of Goodwill Industries, 5512 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, and was employed as a cashier.

On Thursday, Sept. 25th, a witness advised loss prevention personnel at Goodwill that they thought Holloman may be stealing money.

On Saturday, Sept. 27th, loss prevention personnel began watching Holloman as he serviced customers at his register.

Before long, the loss prevention person observed Holloman take a $20 bill from a sale transaction and place it in his left pocket.

Holloman was escorted to the office, where he admitted taking the $20 bill to loss prevention personnel.

Post-Miranda, Holloman also admitted it to a deputy.

He was arrested and charged with Petit Theft.

He was released from the Manatee County Jail after posting a $120 bail bond.

Woman Arrested for
Prostitution Online

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tamika Shannon, 35, of the 2600 block of 17th Street, in Sarasota.

Tamika Shannon

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Sept. 17th, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigation Division Tactical Unit was searching an online website known to be used by prostitutes. He opened the ad and saw that it had a phone number to call for her "services."

He called the phone number and they arranged to meet at the Ramada Inn, 7150 North Tamiami Trail, at a certain time.

He arrived and met with Shannon in the parking lot.

After a brief conversation, Shannon agreed to allow the U/C detective to perform oral sex on her and allow him to have sexual intercourse, both for $100.

The 'good deal' sign was given and Shannon was arrested by the takedown team without incident.

She was charged with misdemeanor Prostitution, 2nd Offense.

She was released from the Manatee County Jail after she posted a $120 bail bond.

Man Breaks Leg Escaping
Attempted Robbery
by Hooker, Pimp

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted robbery that occurred on Sunday, Sept. 28th, at about 10 p.m., outside a residence in the 6600 block of 19th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Danni Villatoro, of Sarasota, crawled to the listed address from a vacant parking lot across the street. He called for help, and the workers called 911.

Upon arrival of deputies, the victim (Villatoro) had a broken left leg (femur bone).

He initially told deputies he was in a car accident, and the female was possible still in the vehicle.

Several units search the area with negative results.

He then gave another story that he possibly fell out of a car, or he was hit by a car.

He was not being truthful with information while on scene.

After three hours, he then told deputies that he had picked up a prostitute named Taylor. They drove around, used drugs and had sex.

After this, she wanted to pick up a friend, so Villatoro let Taylor drive his vehicle since she knew where they were going. They drove to an unknown location where they picked up a black male.

Villatoro got into the back seat, as did the black male. They then drove to the listed address, where the black male pulled out a knife and asked Villatoro for all his money.

At this time Villatoro tried to exit the vehicle possibly while it was moving, and the black male pushed him out of the car.

The suspects then fled in the victim's vehicle.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Dept. of Health in Manatee:
"Get Your Flu Vaccine
Before Halloween"

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Flu season is almost here, and the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (DOH-Manatee) is urging residents and visitors to take precautions to reduce their risk of infection.

Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.

"Getting vaccinated is the single best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu,” said DOH-Manatee Administrator Dr. Jennifer Bencie. "We are encouraging everyone to get your flu vaccination before Halloween, wash your hands often, and stay home when you are sick.”

Everyone aged six months and older should get the flu vaccine. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza, such as pregnant women, children under the age of 5 and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease).

It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu. That is why it is important to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way.

Symptoms of the flu may include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches.

Contact your health care provider immediately if symptoms appear.

DOH-Manatee offers the following prevention tips:

~ Get vaccinated every year since flu viruses change.

~ Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

~ Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

~ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth since germs are spread this way.

~ Avoid close contact with sick people.

~ If you or your children are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, unless you need medical care.

For more information, visit or call DOH - Manatee at (941) 748-0747.

BPD Officer Liza Moyett Named
Female Officer of the Week

BRADENTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has named Officer Lixa Moyett as the Female Officer of the Week.

Above, BPD Officer Lixa Moyett

Officer Lixa Moyett was born and raised in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. At the age of 15, she graduated from high school in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.

In 1999 Officer Moyett joined the Puerto Rico Police Department where she had the opportunity to work in several specialized units. She attended many trainings and schools. During her tenure at the Puerto Rico Police Department, she obtained an Associate degree in Police Science from the Criminal Justice University College in Guarabo, Puerto Rico.

In 2002 she moved from Puerto Rico to Bradenton, FL where she continued to further her Law Enforcement career.

In November 2003, she was hired by the Bradenton Police Department as a Police Officer.

In 2005 she recognized the issue of gang activity and the rising gang related criminal activity in the community, and contributed to the development of the Bradenton Police Departments Gang Unit.

Officer Moyett has served as a Gang Investigator and a member of the Gang Investigator’s Association. Officer Moyett’s duties as a member Gang Investigators’ Association was the documentation and development of gang intelligence and investigation of gang related crimes.

In 2008 Officer Moyett collaborated with other agencies and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the training of Law Enforcement Officers in Gang Awareness called “Gang Wise.”

In 2008 Officer Moyett, became a certified instructor in this field. She is an instructor at the Manatee Technical Institute where she teaches new recruits assigned to the Law Enforcement Academy.

Officer Moyett is currently assigned to the Detective Division.

She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology. Her goal is to further her college studies to obtain a Doctorate’s degree in this field. Officer Moyett is Fluent in English and Spanish.

The Bradenton Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency which uses modern technology, state-of-the-art equipment and training techniques. Currently 120 sworn officers and 31 civilian employees represent the Bradenton P.D. The Bradenton Police Department services a population of 50,672 within a 14.44 sq mile jurisdiction located on the Central West Coast of Florida.

Celebrate National Night Out 2014
with free fun in Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Our community will join thousands of others nationwide in celebrating National Night Out 2014 with a local event aimed at crime prevention. The Sarasota County celebration will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice.

Residents are invited to come out and enjoy free food, entertainment and activities for children. The event will also feature door prizes, a SWAT junior obstacle course and Strider bike course, and self-defense, K-9 and crime prevention demos from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Visitors will be able to meet the Oriole Bird and Red-E Fox.

Parking is free, but neighborhood residents are encouraged to join together in walking or biking to the event.

National Night Out is co-sponsored by Sarasota County, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Target and Strider. Sarasota is a past national award winner for outstanding participation.

The national event organizer is the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch (NATW), with events in more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S, territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. More than 37 million people participated in National Night Out last year, and 2014's event is expected to be the largest ever.

The event is designed to:

~ heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

~ generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts;

~ strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;

~ send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

"This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity," said Matt Peskin, national project coordinator. "National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and 'give crime a going away party.' "

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit or

SPD: Two Busted
Over the Weekend

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Over the weekend, Sarasota Police officers seized $5,540 in U.S. currency, 172.6 grams of marijuana and a Ruger .380 LCP Pistol in two separate cases.

Above, L to R, Dillon Pizzarrello and Malachi Scurry

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, at approximately 4:15 a.m., a vehicle traveling northbound performed a U-turn in the 2200 block of South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota and drove in front of a vehicle heading southbound. The vehicle struck another vehicle.

When officers arrived, they located 172.6 grams of marijuana and $5,540 in U.S. currency in the vehicle along with rolling papers and baggies. The driver of the vehicle, Dillon Pizzarello, 20, of Sarasota, was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell over 20 grams and misdemeanor driving under the influence with personal injury. Once at the Sarasota County Jail, Pizzarello provided a sample of his breath and it registered as a 0.22 and 0.21.

On Monday, September 29, 2014 at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Main Street in Sarasota for a disturbance. Officers were notified one of the subjects threatened to use a firearm. Officers made contact with the subject and located a Ruger .380 LCP Pistol in the subject’s clothing. Malachi Brandon-Jamaal Scurry, 21, of Sarasota, was charged with felony carrying a concealed firearm.

Speed-Trap Town May
Lose Police Force

WALDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A tiny north Florida town known as a speed trap may lose its police department, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell tells The Gainesville Sun that her office will not extend a contract with the town of Waldo to provide a temporary police commander.

Waldo is one of only two U.S. towns officially labeled "traffic traps" by AAA.

Two Waldo police chiefs resigned after state investigations were launched into illegal activities, including speeding ticket quotas.

City officials have said Waldo has a speeding problem, and tickets helped pay for the city's small police force.

With declining property tax income and ticket revenues, the city isn't clear how it will pay for the force.

The city council at its next meeting will decide whether to rely on sheriff's patrols instead, WKMG said.



~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Sheriff Arrested Man
for Possession of Marijuana
with Intent to Sell; 1+ Pound
(18.3 Ounces) Found, Along
with AR-15 Semi-Auto Rifle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Trevaris Markeith Carter, 28, of 900 E. 21st Street, Building A, Apt. 1, in Palmetto.

Travaris Carter

According to the arrest report, on Thursday, Sept. 25th, at about 8:30 a.m., a bail bondsman knocked on Carter's front door while Dep. Eason stood by the back door.

When Dep. Eason heard a man open the front door and admit his name was "Carter," Dep. Eason went around to the front door and went inside.

Carter was handcuffed and Dep. Eason advised Carter he had warrants out for his arrest.

Carter asked for his phone, which was in a bedroom, so he could call his mother. Dep. Easton agreed to get the phone for him (and not let Carter get the phone for himself for obvious safety reasons).

As Dep. Eason was retrieving the phone at the request of Carter, Dep. Eason saw in plain view an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle laying on top of a pillow, which was on top of a dresser. directly beside the rifle were three clear Mason jars, each full of package green leafy substance, which appeared to be marijuana.

Dep. Eason retreated out of the residence with Carter and called the Special Investigations Division for assistance.

It was later determined that Carter was not the person who had the warrants. The last name of Carter was correct, but the first name was different. However, by the time that was learned, the rifle and narcotics in plain view were already seen.

Dep. Kim Zink arrived from Special Investigations and stayed on scene until a search warrant was written and signed by a judge. The search warrant was read to the live-in girlfriend on scene and the warrant was then executed.

Det. Zink found the AR-15 on the dresser, which was loaded with 18 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. She also observed the three glass jars with marijuana. In total, the marijuana weighted 512 grams (18.3 ounces, or slightly over 1 pounds. She also found baggies, 2 scales, and a shoe box with $622 in cash inside it.

Carter was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.

He later posted a bail bond in the amount of $16,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Man Arrested for Beating
Woman Bloody Over
Missing Cell Phone

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Lee Anthony Wilson, 41, of 5719 11th Street East, Bradenton.

Lee Wilson

The arrest report said on Thursday, Sept. 25th, at about 3:30 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to the area of the above address regarding a female who was responsive but needing medical attention.

Upon arrival, the deputy observed an unnamed victim standing on the sidewalk, alone, profusely bleeding from the face.

Her first statement was "I just got beat up by Lee Wilson over a cell phone."

The victim then provided Wilson's address. She was able to provide adequate information about what had transpired, despite being injured. The victim alleged that her friend, Lee Wilson, had gotten upset at her, alleging that she stole his cell phone.

The victim attempted to leave his residence when Wilson began to follow her as she traveled northbound on foot. Wilson was able to catch up to the victim where he allegedly grabbed her from behind, turned her body to face his and struck her in the face three times with a closed fist.

The victim appeared to have sustained injuries that are consistent with being battered in the face. The victim said her nose was broken and a front tooth was loose.

The victim was subsequently transported via EMS to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Wilson was located at his residence. He made numerous spontaneous statements saying, "If I hit her I wouldn't know it because I have been drinking." Wilson said he was upset at the victim for taking his cell phone. But Wilson later explained that he located his cell phone inside his residence after the victim left.

Wilson was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $10,000.

BPD Arrested Man for Grand
Theft of Electronic Items,
Backpack from Walmart

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Jeremy F. Wilson, 28, of 701 17th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Jeremy Wilson

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Sept. 24th, at about 10:30 a.m., Wilson entered the Walmart store located at 5315 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

He proceeded to the electronics department and quickly selected high dollar items off the shelf.

After selecting the items, he proceeded to the hardware aisle where he was observed by loss prevention personnel removing the security device on one of the items he had just selected.

The then selected a backpack off a shelf which he then used to conceal the previously selected merchandise.

Once the merchandise was concealed inside the backpack, Wilson then proceeded to the front of the store, where he passed all final points of sale without rendering payment for the merchandise.

He was stopped outside the store by loss prevention personnel and detained for arrival of police.

The total amount of merchandise taken and recovered was $555.76.

Wilson was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Shoplifting.

He later posted a $1,500 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Manatee Sheriff Seeks Man
Who Showed Graphic
Photo to 2 Minor Girls

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for a man who showed an obscene photo to two minor girls.

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, Sept. 27th, at about 8:30 a.m., two unnamed juvenile females exited the Dollar Tree store located at 6206 U.S. 301 North, in Ellenton, and were approached by a White male.

The man walked directly up to them and held out his cell phone.

The two female minors observed a picture of a penis on the screen.

The man asked them, "Do you girls know what this is?" to which one replied, "I do."

The man then said, "Do you want to play with it?"

The two girls immediately walked next door to where one of the girl's mother was and the man fled on foot towards the south.

The man was described as a White male, 25-30 year of age, 5'10" tall, 160 pounds, Light brown hair, light green eyes, with a goatee, and was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a white shirt with the number 24 on the back, black shoes, and he was carrying a black iPhone.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Man's Shooting Being Called
Accidental by Sheriff

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting that they are calling accidental that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 25th, at about 11 p.m., at a residence in the 400 block of 40th Street East, Palmetto.

A sheriff's report said Brenden Drake, had a gun in his lap that fell on the floor.

The small caliber handgun hit the floor, causing it to discharge a round that entered into Drake's left foot.

EMS was called to the scene to treat Drake's wound.

The shooting is being called accidental by the sheriff's office.

Upper Manatee River Road
Shut Down; Rising Water
Levels the Cause

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported Upper Manatee River Road is shut down.

A sheriff's report said Upper Manatee River Road is now shut down due to rising water levels which are the result of water being released from the Manatee County dam.

A low lying portion of Upper Manatee River Road just west of Rye Road is now under water.

Information from officials at the dam have said that they will continue the release of water for the next four days to lower the Manatee lake water levels.

High water signs have been posted and barricades are in place at this time.

Woodstock Road is also experiencing flooding as of this writing.

WMFR: Heavy rain
Causes Roof Collapse

CORTEZ, Florida [NMT] -- The West Manatee Fire district responded to a reported roof collapse with entrapment in the 3800 Block of Catalina Dr. around 06:30 p.m.

A ladder truck, battalion, fire marshal, EMS, and MSO all responded.

Upon arrival, WMFR found the entire roof over the main living room area collapsed and water from the rest of the building rushing into the structure.

One occupant was found at the entrance and was assisted to EMS for treatment.

The building houses four units with only two being occupied at the time.

The county building inspector declared the building unsafe for occupancy.

There was no dollar value for the loss attached to the report.

Assistance Asked to Identify

Woman Who Left Puppies

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for assistance identifying the female who left puppies outside a local veterinarian's office.

A tech at Nokomis Veterinary Clinic found a Pampers box when she arrived at work on September 19. She opened the box and found puppies that surveillance video showed were left at the door 14 hours earlier. The puppies were large breed, possibly American bulldog and were about four weeks old.

Animal Services would like to speak to that person to learn more about the litter and the circumstances involved. The puppies are not available for adoption but are being well cared for.

Anyone who believes they know this woman please call (941) 861-9516. Again, please only call with identification information.

The video is on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office YouTube channel.

It is important to note that there are a number of 24-hour animal care facilities so anyone who needs to relinquish pets for any reason should do so at one of these facilities if there is an immediate need after-hours.

Two Arrested for Shooting
at Occupied Vehicle

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two Port Charlotte men have been arrested on charges they were involved in shooting at a vehicle that was following their car Monday evening in the South Punta Gorda Heights area.

Above, L to R, Norvell Johnson and Jamele Bedell

According to reports, deputies were called to the area of Mango Drive area of Punta Gorda at about 8:30 Monday evening because of gunshots in the area. One of the first people deputies talked to said he had heard several gunshots and tires squealing. When he went outside, he found that the rear window of his SUV had been broken out.

Deputies had received information that a Cadillac was involved in the incident, including a partial tag number. A deputy who was headed toward the Mango Drive area noticed a white Cadillac with a tag number that was similar to the partial tag leaving the Seven Palms Apartment complex, located off Taylor Road. He followed it as it went north over the US 41 bridge into Charlotte Harbor. He and other deputies stopped the Cadillac in the area of the Race Trac station.

Two of the occupants of the Cadillac were identified as Norvell Johnson, 19, of 18496 Ebb Avenue in Port Charlotte, and Jamele Jaquan Bedell, 18, of 18441 Holly Avenue in Port Charlotte.

While the deputies were at the gas station, a man in a white Ford pickup truck pulled in and said that the men in the Cadillac had been shooting at him. Deputies located what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver’s side exterior mirror of his truck. Other deputies at the Mango Drive location found several 9mm shell casings in the roadway.

Detectives were unable to locate a firearm in the Cadillac, but on Tuesday they received a tip that Johnson had put a handgun in a backpack and given it to an acquaintance who lived in the Seven Palms Apartment area. The time when Johnson was said to have come by was consistent with the time of the reported shooting and prior to the Cadillac being seen leaving that same area. The acquaintance’s family turned over the backpack to Forensics personnel. They found it contained a 9mm handgun that had the same type of ammunition in it as the shell casings found along Mango Drive.

After having taken statements from various witnesses and collecting the evidence in this case, detectives charged both Johnson and Bedell with Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle. Johnson was arrested late Tuesday evening and Bedell was arrested mid-day on Wednesday. Johnson is being held on a $250,000 bond and Bedell is being held on a $200,000 bond.

Detectives do not anticipate any other arrests, but additional charges may be pending.

Emaciated Dog Found Chained in
Field with 24-Pound Logging Chain

KISSIMMEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Osceola County Animal Services is investigating an animal cruelty case after a dog was found severely emaciated and chained up in a field, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Deputies said the dog, named Hope, was found on Sept. 15 near 400 W. Oak St. in Kissimmee.

"She really is the definition of skin and bones,” said Osceola County Animal Services Director Kim Staton.

At just 28 pounds, Hope carried around her entire body weight, dragging a 15-foot, 24-pound logging chain around her neck.

“She didn't get this thin in a matter of days or weeks, this was over a considerable amount of time," said Staton.

Animal Services says she also has fresh puncture marks on her head and neck, indicating that she may have been attacked by another animal.

“The bottom line is to let an animal get in this condition is not o.k. We need to send the message to the community that as an organization this kind of treatment of animals won't be tolerated," Staton said.

Animal Services is looking for the owners or people responsible for the dog's severe condition.


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