Woman puts emaciated dog in car trunk and drives away from animal shelter
A 27-year-old Cocoa woman spent 13 hours behind bars on a animal cruelty charge after cameras caught her stuffing an emaciated dog in the trunk of her BMW, according to arrest reports.
Sara Perry, of the 4600 block of Fantasia Lane, appeared in court Friday on the third-degree cruelty to animal charge she received from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office the day before.
A video shared by the Brevard County Humane Society, at 1020 Cox Road
in Cocoa, has now been viewed over 250,000 times and animal officials said it captured the incident.
Deputies gathered details found in Perry’s affidavit from humane society surveillance cameras, which are supported by the bystander cell phone footage the organization shared to Facebook on Wednesday.
The Sheriff’s Office stated Perry was driving around with the dog in the trunk in the early afternoon hours, and reported the incident at 3:21 p.m.
In the video, a woman is shown yanking the dog up by the leash and wrestling it into the trunk and then shutting the trunk door.
The woman who took the video said in the Facebook post that Perry brought the dog to the shelter in the trunk.
The humane society published the eyewitness video in an attempt to identify the woman for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
The affidavit said animal control officers went to Perry’s home that evening and heard the dog inside, but were unable to contact Perry.
Deputies arrested her Thursday at the home, where she told the animal control officer and deputy she could not provide food for the dog named Neptune.
A veterinarian examined Neptune and according to the affidavit told law enforcement he was severely malnourished and it was a case of animal cruelty.
Perry was released from the Brevard County Jail on $2,000 bail, according to jail records.
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