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Pasco woman accused of leaving dogs without food, water


Published:   |   Updated: July 26, 2013 at 03:04 PM

A New Port Richey woman was arrested Thursday, accused of leaving three dogs locked in her house for weeks without food and water, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

Two dogs died in the house, deputies said, while a third was found emaciated and transported for treatment.

Michell Frances Schratwieser, 48, of 7709 Atherton Ave., New Port Richey, is charged with cruelty to animals, according to an arrest report.

A neighbor had called deputies on Wednesday after detecting an odor coming from Schratwieser's home. The neighbor told deputies she heard the dogs whining "a few weeks ago."

In a search of the residence, deputies found two dead dogs and one dog still alive. The home was full of feces, urine and fur, the report said. Deputies could find no food or water for the dogs, according to the report.

Deputies found the dog that was still alive "shaking and undernourished," the report said. There was no air conditioning in the house and all the windows were closed, deputies said.

Deputies found Schratwieser at her job at a New Port Richey restaurant. She said the dogs belonged to her ex-boyfriend who left her several months ago. She said she attempted to take care of them but was unable to do so, the report said.

Schratwieser said one of the dogs died and she "freaked out" and left the home several weeks ago, the report said. She said she had not checked on the dogs for "several weeks," the report said.

The live dog, a female Rottweiler who appeared emaciated with her ribs showing, consumed three large bowls of water before being transported for treatment.

Because of the stench and flies in the home, Pasco Fire Rescue entered the residence wearing air packs. Fire rescue helped remove the Rottweiler from the home through a bedroom window.

A Labrador-pit bull mix named Jessie and a German Shepherd mix named Jordan were found dead in the living room.

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