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Florida woman charged after dogs found starving; one dies and the other is a 'skeleton'

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 12/2/2019 By Tiffini Theisen, Orlando Sentinel

A Florida woman was charged after one neglected dog died and another looked like "a little skeleton with skin draped over it," deputies said last week.

Samantha Bishop, 30, claimed she fed and cared for the dogs daily, but Walton County Animal Control found them emaciated and in "atrocious" conditions in a pen in the yard, the Walton County Sheriff's Office said.

One hound, which was lying on the concrete pen floor in blood, feces, and urine and was barely breathing, died shortly after officials found it Tuesday outside Defuniak Springs in Florida's Panhandle.

"The second dog was so weak she could barely stand and was extremely malnourished," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post. "Both were without water."

The Walton County Animal Shelter named the surviving dog Hope. Her feet had sores and blisters, likely from standing in feces and urine.

She weighed 29 pounds but should have weighed in at 45 to 50 pounds, animal shelter staff said.

“She’s in good hands and we’re looking forward to her recovery,” said Tina Barker, WCAS Manager.

An anonymous tipster turned Bishop in. She was charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, given a $5,000 bond and ordered not to have any animals.

Those who would like to help Hope’s recovery may send donations to Walton County Animal Shelter by making the check out to Walton County Animal Shelter and mailing it to the shelter at Walton County Animal Shelter, Finance Department Attn: Hope, 365 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433


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