Bartow’s wife arrested for animal cruelty – CBS Atlanta


POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – A woman from Bartow has been arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty and an offense of animal cruelty after an investigation into gross negligence to dogs at his home.

Dashong Bonner, 52, from Bartow, was arrested and charged on Thursday, June 24.

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Photo credits: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

When Animal Control and Agriculture MPs arrived at 490 9th Avenue in Bartow, they found a dead dog and two severely neglected and emaciated dogs. The following is an excerpt from the affidavit, which is very graphic and self-explanatory:

“Dog # 1, a brown-colored female Pit Bull Terrier named Mocha, was located in a wire kennel without a plastic floor, covered in dung, with a bag of half-eaten plastic dog food in the kennel. At the back of the kennel were pieces of plastic that the dog had digested and passed with his feces. The dog could barely stand up and was transported to the animal control transport vehicle at the scene. During an evaluation of the dog by the Polk County Animal Control Veterinarian, the dog was found to have a body score of 1 with 1 being completely emaciated and 9 being obese. The dog turned out to be suffering from heartworms and hookworms, anemic, severely underweight and weighing only 24.1 pounds at the age of about 5 years. This dog suffered from repeated pain while trying to stay alive by eating a plastic dog food bag. The dog was unable to escape from the kennel and attempted to hunt for food or for food.

Dog # 2, a tanned Cur mix dog named Caramel, was located roaming the yard of the residence. The dog was underweight and was picked up and transported to the animal control transport vehicle at the scene. During an evaluation of the dog by the Polk County Animal Control Veterinarian, the dog was found to have a body score of 2. The dog weighed 22 pounds and was determined to be around 1 year old. The dog was found to be suffering from hookworms, whipworms and heartworms. The dog was denied adequate food and water or proper care.

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Dog # 3, a tan brown male named Buster, was in a wire kennel on the residence’s open back porch. The dog died. The dog was removed from the property and taken to animal control where he was found to have a body score of 1. The dog had no visible fat on his body and appeared to have skin and bones. The dog clearly suffered a cruel death from starvation in a wire mesh kennel with no food or water, and no way to escape to hunt for food or water. The kennel floor contained a small piece of very dry feces indicating that the dog had not eaten food for a long period of time.

The suspect was located at his residence and turned over ownership of the dogs to the sheriff’s office upon contact. Upon handing over the dogs, the suspect said her ex-husband gave her the dogs. She stated the following:

She had bought a bag of dog food a few weeks ago and then another last Monday. When asked when she last observed or fed the dogs, she replied “I don’t know”. When asked who was responsible for feeding and watering the dogs, she said she told her children when she remembered telling them. Showing her where the dogs were on the open back porch and the conditions they were in, she said she had no idea the area looked like this and didn’t know the dog was died in one of the kennels. When asked if she could smell the feces and the area where the dead dog was, she said she wasn’t home much and didn’t smell it.

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Bonner was incarcerated in Polk County Jail, where she is being held on $ 2,500 bond ($ 1,000 per felony charge, $ 500 for misdemeanor).

“Our Ag Crimes detectives and animal control staff have seen some pretty horrible things, but this is the worst case of animal cruelty they have encountered in a very long time. These dedicated men and women work tirelessly to restore the health of these two seriously neglected dogs. It’s a shame we didn’t get there in time to save them all. We appreciate the anonymous citizen who saw something and said something, ”said Grady Judd, Sheriff

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