Couple accused of leaving maggot-infested dog to die

Maggot-infested dog, tied to a trailer, euthanized after being abandoned

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A maggot-infested dog, tied to a utility trailer in Sarasota, Florida, had to be euthanized after being abandoned. According to CBS 12 News, a couple is facing charges for moving away and leaving the elderly dog to suffer and die.

The 14-year-old terrier mix named Spunik was discovered by a good Samaritan on June 5 – the dog was found to be emaciated, blind, deaf and in “extreme distress” After being discovered, Spunik was transported to a veterinarian and humanely euthanized.

The people accused of leaving Spunik to die are 55-year-old Joseph Shepherd and 62-year-old Diana Harrelson. Harrelson, who was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, told deputies that she didn’t have the funds to pay for Spunik to be euthanized and she wanted him to “die a natural death.”

Harrelson’s boyfriend, Joseph, is facing charges for abandoning an animal to die and animal cruelty. The couple owned a second dog (Bella) who was impounded by animal services – the dog was suffering from parasites and fleas. Bella will likely be transferred to the care of a rescue agency.

(Screenshot via CBS 12)

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18 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    What disgusting POS’s……… They deserve a special place in Hell…….

    RIP Spunik. Those POS’s who failed you and were extremely cruel will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty……. Hope these useless disgusting POS’s get their sooner vs. later…….

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    They wanted Spunik to die naturally? What is natural about leaving the poor thing in such condition to starve to death, After seeing some of the punishments being handed down by the judges of Florida of late, I imagine these two POS’s will get away with a slap on the wrist and heck, they will probably get Bella back to boot! After all, anger management seems to solve all abuses in Florida! May be the judge will have them write an apology letter to Spunik like Matthew Long is to do after they gave him back his puppy after beating it half to death! YOU GO FLORIDA! You are more interested in killing dogs that might nip someone than punish these idiots that abuse animals!

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  3. Sherry says:

    These two are the maggots. Die naturally? OMG this is sickening. Sorry more animals failed by despicable morons.

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  4. Pennysdachshund says:

    THESE 2 PUTRID RATTLESMAKES ACTUALLY WERE MADE FOR EACH OTHER!!!! MAY SOMEONE take BOTH the WORTHLESS LOWLIFE Son’s of Bitches out and tie them to a large Cedar Tree in the middle of NOWWHERE POUR HONEY on them ( to keep their skin soft) deprive them of food, water and LET THEM DIE A NATURAL DEATH>> unless the varmits find them FIRST HOPEFULLY!!! TOTAL WAST OF AIR THEY ARE!!!

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  5. Kathleen Drude says:

    She wanted the dog to die a natural death? The male half of this useless humans on parade is laughing his head off! Well tell you what morons see karm is a very real woman and guess what she is going to visit you both very soon!

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  6. maxiemom says:

    They wanted her to die a natural death? TO SLOWLY STARVE???? How natural is that? How PAINFUL and terrible? They’re monsters, and should be treated that way by the justice system. Pure trash. I hope they both die horrible, painful deaths.

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  7. Angela Corso says:

    The photo says a thousand words and then some. The guy laughing needs somebody to wipe that smile off his face. Why is it that anybody can buy/adopt a dog and even have children without any top of training or license, but you have to have a license to hunt and fish???? I pray social media shows them this is not funny! RIP poor baby.

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  8. Pamela D'Angio says:

    WHAT ANIMAL ABUSERS DO TO ANIMALS NEED TO BE DONE TO THEM. I JUST WANT TO BEAT THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF ALL THESE SLIME BALL BASTARDS AND ROT SLOWLY AND DIE. I AM SO SICK OF ANIMAL ABUSERS I WISH I CAN GO AROUND THE WORLD AND TORTURE THESE FUCKED UP SCUMBAGS.

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    • Nora perez says:

      I am so with you on this, i would love to line them up and slowly torture them, they’re just to society.

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  9. susispot says:

    Let’s tie this pair to a tree and walk away to let them die “a natural death”. What brain dead murderers.

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