Cocoa woman charged with animal cruelty
COCOA, Fla. – A Cocoa woman was charged with animal cruelty after police found a severely malnourished dog at her home last week, according to her affidavit.
Nakayla Sanabria, 28, of the 1200 block of Amherst Court, was taken into custody Wednesday, police said. She was being held at the Brevard County Detention Center in Sharpes in lieu of $2,000 bail, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
On Sept. 26, a home security representative making door-to-door solicits called police after he saw the dog, named Sampson, through a window at Sanabria's home, the affidavit states. Sampson appeared emaciated, the salesman told police, and officers who responded to the home agreed.
Police entered the home when Sanabria returned. Inside, they said they found dog waste on the floor and piles of trash. Officers turned the dog over to Brevard County Animal Control.
With his rib cage exposed and significant muscle loss, a vet for Animal Control said Sampson was one of the worst cases of neglect he had ever seen.
In her interview with police, Sanabria said she had taken in Sampson and two other dogs two months ago after the dog's previous owner was evicted from a home. She said she fed the dogs three times a day, according to her affidavit, and that Sampson has had the same appearance since she first took him into her home.
Sampson was being treated at Animal Emergency and Critical Care of Brevard in Melbourne. The staff would not comment Wednesday on Sampson's condition.
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