Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pahokee woman charged with animal cruelty for allegedly tying emaciated dog to tree

By Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post

A Pahokee woman has been charged with animal cruelty after officials found a dog tied to a tree at her home that was so emaciated it eventually had to be put down, authorities said today.
Esmeralda Murillo Padilla, 56, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail around 1 p.m. today, charged with one count each of felony animal cruelty and of confinement of animal without food, water or shelter.
Padilla is expected to have a bond hearing Thursday morning.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, a caller alerted Animal Care officers the evening of Nov. 29 about a possibly neglected dog.
Officers came the next day to Padilla's home in the 200 block of State Market Road, near Pahokee High School.
There, they found the dog tied to a tree with a very short rope and standing next to a wooden dog house.
Baby, a black pit bull mix about a year and a half old, "was extremely emaciated," a sheriff's log entry said. "His ribs, spine, and pelvic bones were visible from a distance. The dog and the ground around him was infested with fleas."
According to Animal Care operations manager Capt. David Walesky, officers were unable to determine how long the animal had been tied up.
The agency treated the dog for about two weeks for both malnutrition and severe mange, Walesky said.
He said a person was interested in adopting Baby, but then backed out; between that and various medical conditions that still plagued the animal, the agency made the decision to euthanize him.

Update December 23, 2010 5:34pm - The following article is by Eliot Kleinberg, from Orlando Sentinel:

A Pahokee woman has been charged with animal cruelty after officials found a dog tied to a tree at her home that was so emaciated it eventually had to be put down, authorities said late Wednesday.
Esmeralda Murillo Padilla, 56, was arrested on Wednesday, one day after Baby, a black pit bill mix was put down. Padilla was charged with one count each of animal cruelty and confinement of animal without food, water or shelter.
On Thursday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Nelson E. Bailey ordered Padilla, who was housed at the Palm Beach County jail annex in Belle Glade, be held in lieu of $3,000 bail.
But Padilla will stay in custody because of a hold for federal immigration authorities, Bailey said.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, a caller alerted Animal Care officers the evening of Nov. 29 about a possibly neglected dog.
Officers came the next day to Padilla's home in the 200 block of State Market Road, near Pahokee High School.
There, they found the dog tied to a tree with a very short rope and standing next to a wooden dog house.
Baby, a black pit bull mix about 11/2 years old, "was extremely emaciated," according to a Sheriff's Office log entry. "His ribs, spine, and pelvic bones were visible from a distance. The dog and the ground around him was infested with fleas."
According to Animal Care operations manager Capt. David Walesky, officers were unable to determine how long the animal had been tied up.
The agency treated the dog for about two weeks for both malnutrition and severe mange, Walesky said.
He said a person was interested in adopting Baby, but then backed out; between that and various medical conditions that still plagued the animal, the agency made the decision Tuesday to euthanize him.

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