ANIMAL ABUSE INVESTIGATION
- BSO Case Number: PB02-09-00935
- PIO Number: 02-9-5
- Date: September 3, 2002
- Time: 0945
- Place of Occurrence: 1275 SW 46 Avenue, apt. 1310, Pompano Beach
- 1 Chow mix male dog, 1 German Shorthaired Pointer male dog, 1 shorthaired orange and white male cat and 1 longhaired black and white male cat
Description of Incident:
Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the death of one dog and three other animals found alive left to fend for themselves in a Pompano Beach apartment.
Shortly after 10 a.m., BSO deputies responded to the scene located at 1275 SW 46 Avenue, and found the animals living in deplorable conditions. The maintenance worker had come by the apartment this morning to check on the welfare of the occupants after not getting an answer Monday morning, when he got a report of a large dog jumping from one of the apartment’s second floor windows.
The apartment had been ransacked, possibly by the two dogs and two cats in search of food. Animal feces covered the floors throughout the two-bedroom one bath apartment. The electricity had been turned off, and investigators believe the animals’ only source of water was from the bathroom toilet, which had been depleted by the four-legged animals.
A large tan Chow mix was found deceased in one of the bedrooms and two scrawny domestic cats were found alive in the apartment. The fourth animal, a brown and white German Shorthaired Pointer, was found with a resident. Desperate to escape the heat or find food, the dog jumped from the apartment’s second floor window Monday morning and spent the night with the resident.
Pompano Beach Animal Control transported all four animals to an area animal hospital. Doctors were unable to perform a necropsy on the chow due to the animal’s decomposition. They believe the Chow had been dead for several days.
The two tenants, whose names are not being released by investigators at this point, may face multiple animal abuse charges. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call BSO Dist. 11 Det. Simoni Cavalieri at (954) 786-4201 or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS.
- INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. R. Schnakenberg and Det. S. Cavalieri, Dist. 11
- THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO