A Florida woman was arrested and is facing charges for allegedly stepping on a puppy, reported Tuesday’s publication of the Orlando Sentinel. The woman accused of the cruel act has been identified as 61-year-old Antoinette Welcome-Rydell of Groveland.
Rydell was arrested for the July 2 incident after witnesses claim to have observed abuse while at a parking lot on State Road 50. The individuals who bore witness to the alleged act of animal cruelty told the authorities that Rydell dropped the small puppy onto the ground and then stepped on the pup, reported the Daily Commercial.
Officer Heather Vinson described the young dog’s condition in a report, “The dog was extremely dehydrated, anemic, lethargic, had fleas and had an open laceration on its neck from an unknown source.”
Rydell was taken to the Lake County jail on an animal cruelty charge – she was released after posting bond. The woman facing the charge told the authorities that she was on medication at the time of the incident – she claims to have a history of prescription medication abuse.
No word on the current status of the pup.
Photo: (Booking photo – Lake County Sheriff’s Office)