Sarasota County woman charged with strangling her pet dog

January 21, 2014 

SARASOTA -- A 28-year-old woman has been charged with strangling her dog to death "because she didn't want anyone else to have it," according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Venice police contacted Sarasota County Animal Service in November after receiving a report that Shelley Bezanson of Osprey had killed her 7-year-old dog Diamond, and planned to bury it at a home on Base Avenue, according to a news release.

"The investigation revealed that Bezanson had tried to convince her veterinarian to euthanize Diamond but they refused because the animal was not sick and there was no ethical or justifiable reason to do so," the sheriff's office said.

The vet's staff encouraged Bezanson to return Diamond to the Sarasota Humane Society, "but she refused and chose to kill the dog herself.

"A necropsy confirmed Diamond was strangled and suffered a prolonged, painful and cruel death," the report states.

Bezanson was arrested Friday and charged with cruelty to animals resulting in cruel death. She is being held on $25,000 bond.

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