Her name was Ella. This is her story. I don't want her to be forgotten.

As written in the Orlando Sentinel by Walter Pacheco on March 14, 2008:

"The Cocoa woman who admitted to starving her 2-year-old dog to death is out of jail this morning, jail records show.

Brevard County Jail officials said that Christine Dawn Abrams, 29, walked out of jail Thursday at 11: 30 p.m. on pre-trial release. Court records show that her next appearance before a Brevard County circuit judge is set for April 24.

Cocoa police arrested Abrams on Thursday on a charge of cruelty to animals in the death of her dog, Ella. Her bail was set at $1,000.

Abrams told police she starved her German Shepherd to death by leaving her locked in a metal crate in an empty house for two months without food or water, the police report shows.

Detectives said a large bag of dry dog food sat untouched just a few feet from the crate.

Neighbors told police that Abrams loved the dog.

"She spent a great deal of time walking and playing with the dog," the Cocoa Police Department report shows.

A check of her MySpace social networking page shows photos of Abrams holding and playing with Ella when the dog was 3 and 5 weeks old. Another photo shows the dog at 5 months old.

Police searched the area for five hours and located Abrams at her new address on Parapet Drive, less than six miles from her former residence.

Abrams told detectives that the water had been turned off at her former residence in January and she had to move. She locked Ella in a crate at the old home because her new roommate did not like dogs.

Investigators said Abrams admitted that she knew what would happen if Ella was left alone without food or water for an extended period of time. "She showed no remorse over the dog," the detective wrote in his report.

Police spokeswoman Barbara Matthews said, "This was a dog that was current on all of his shots. All she had to do was leave the door open."

She also could have dropped the dog off at a shelter. The Central Brevard Humane Society, which takes in pets people can no longer care for, is less than three miles from the
Peachtree Street home."

Taken from Voices for Ella

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Say Anything Radio said...

We want to send out our deepest condolences that our fellow fur baby was treated like this. We wish we would have known, you could have lived with us. We have a great back yard and lots of food and water and even a pool!
We know you have all the food you can eat now...

Isis, Kali, and Amelie

Kath Lockett said...

Stories like this just tear me up. Here in South Australia we have a couple - now disappeared since being given bail - who mistreated 70 dogs that were found to be in such terrible condition that they all had to be euthanased. The vet at the court case cried and cried.

It just makes me look at my own dog (sleeping peacefully in her beanbag at my feet) and wonder - for the millionth time - how people can willfully abuse, neglect and hurt a creature that just wants to love.