2013-07-23 by: Deputy Paula J. Priester
Welaka, FL: On Monday, July 22, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services, received information regarding a possible malnourished dog in the 100 block of Beecher Springs Road.
The investigation revealed that a passerby noticed a deceased dog lying near a trash collection site along with six puppies, three of which were also deceased. The Good Samaritan collected the three remaining puppies, and took them home to care for them.
Further investigation revealed that the pit bull / hound mix and her puppies, may have been neglected and/or abused as they were severely emaciated. Sergeant Tom Swart began investigating the incident and located the suspect, identified as Deondra Milledge.
On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Milledge was arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail on 5 counts of Animal Cruelty. Milledge was given a bond in the amount of $5,020.00.
Sheriff Jeff Hardy stated “It amazes me that a human being can be so insensitive and cruel”.