Sara Perry, 27, of Cocoa, Florida was caught on video stuffing her malnourished dog into a car trunk, has now been arrested, and is awaiting trial.
Trigger Warning; Graphic Footage and Description of Animal Abuse
A woman from Cocoa, Florida has been caught stuffing her malnourished dog into a car trunk on video. The incident took place on Thursday, August 22nd and the woman, who has been identified as Sara Perry, has been arrested and awaiting a trial on the charges of animal abuse.
The Daily Mail reported that the Brevard County Sheriff's Office found a video where 27-year-old Perry opened the trunk of her car, moved certain items aside and then dragged her poor, helpless dog into the trunk. As the dog, who is called Neptune' struggled to adjust inside, Perry, who was standing near a young child at the time, appeared to grab Neptune by its collar and then pushes the dog all the way into the trunk, before slamming it shut.
Though you might be always preparing yourself to deal with some of the horrible crimes of animal cruelty that take place on a near-daily basis, it's always hard to come to terms with them. Indeed, most people in the world cannot stand the thought of hurting an innocent animal, especially those who look up to us for protection and fodder. Dogs in this aspect are often the most abused animals in the world, due to their trusting and loyal nature which renders them to be quite accepting of most human actions.
Fortunately for Neptune, the police were right on the scene, as we can see that the video ends with Perry being placed in handcuffs and escorted back to the police station by officers. 'If you harm an animal in Brevard County we're gonna put your butt straight in jail and do everything legally possible to make your life just as miserable as you made that pet's life,' Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in the press release which also included the footage of the crime.
God Bless @SheriffIvey for his quick response to this horrific and senseless case of animal abuse. I hope she's never allowed to own an animal again!.😢😢🐾🐾😠😠— MARIE🐩🐾💞🌵 (@MY_BORDERCOLLIE) August 23, 2019
Thankfully, a bystander videotaped the entire incident and the animal shelter made note of her license plate number.— WSBT (@WSBT) August 26, 2019
She was later taken into custody for animal abuse charges. https://t.co/5sBM2Ss9V8
Sheriff Ivey also said that a veterinarian who had a look at Neptune said that he was so severely emaciated that he was losing muscle mass. Pictures of the dog affirm what the Vet said as they clearly show visible malnourished ribs and pelvic bones. "The abuse of this innocent pet makes absolutely no sense and can only be attributed to someone who has zero compassion for animals, and quite frankly, shouldn't be allowed to even own a plant, much less a pet," Sheriff Ivey said, also calling Perry's alleged act 'despicable.'
Delighted to hear this woman was arrested!! 😡😡😡😡😡— Kellie, Eternal optomist & MA social researcher 📖 (@KellNick1) August 23, 2019
It just blows my mind how someone can be so nasty to a little hairy friend!! 🐶
Following an investigation by the police, it was discovered that Perry had taken Neptune to the Humane Society of Brevard County to initially surrender the dog there. Since the shelter had 42 dogs occupying 29 dog runs, the workers there informed Perry that they are full as it was. At that point, Perry supposedly asked the shelter if they would "put the dog down", to which they denied the request owing to her reason for doing so not being strong enough. The shelter then gave Perry the information to another place that may see to her 'request'.
ANIMAL ABUSE ARREST: A woman in Brevard County, Florida, was charged with animal abuse after video showed her stuffing her dog into the trunk of a car, with a local animal shelter telling police the woman asked the shelter to euthanize the dog. https://t.co/ePVdmhx0wS pic.twitter.com/R6MS56kuJv— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 25, 2019
Speaking to Click Orlando, Humane Society of Brevard County executive director Theresa Clifton recounted, "She asked if we would euthanize it and we said we do not euthanize animals just because people don't want them and she got angry, so we gave her the information to go to another shelter.". The outlet also mentioned that the shelter workers immediately dialed 911 after observing the way Perry yanked on the dog's leash as they left. The police then eventually tracked her down via her license plate. "Had we known that she was doing that, we would have never allowed her to leave our facility," added Clifton.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said that Sara Perry has been arrested and charged with felony animal abuse https://t.co/ZzQpRPswAf— FOX5 Las Vegas (@FOX5Vegas) August 24, 2019
Prior to the arrest, Click Orlando reported that the police said that they went to Perry's home on Thursday morning to check on the dog. Perry told the police that she could not feed the dog. They may have suspected at this point that she was no longer interested in keeping the dog and was looking for a way to get rid of it.
Perry was then arrested on charges of animal cruelty later that day. She has since been released from the Brevard County Jail after posting bail. Jail records indicate that she has been released after posting a $2,000 bond. Perry is currently awaiting trial and is scheduled to be arraigned before a judge on Friday.
There are a few things that make me really pissed off and animal cruelty is one!!! She needs to go to jail! 🤬🤬— Miami Dolphins UK (@MiamiDolphinsUK) August 23, 2019
I'm glad that she'll face jail time for felony animal abuse, and I'm hoping that someone with a big heart adopts this pooch.— EdMa (@Morzillon) August 23, 2019