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SUBURBAN BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suburban Boynton Beach woman on
charges of animal cruelty after deputies discovered a dog in her custody
had been wrapped in duct tape and left on the porch in a cage.
responded to an apartment complex at 10026 Boynton Place Circle on the
morning of April 8 after receiving a tip about an animal abuse case at
When deputies arrived on scene, they found a large
pit bull in a small cage on the third floor balcony. The dog had duct
tape around his mouth and back of his head and was visibly in distress.
said the dog had what appeared to be urine burns on his feet and
testicles and his eyes appeared to be red. There was no water or food
available in the cage.
Deputies met with a man who stated that the dog belonged to his roommate Andrea Curiel.
deputies questioned Curiel about the dog, she told deputies that she
had placed the dog in the balcony the night before. In the morning she
noticed the cage was covered in feces and urine but she was running late
for work and had to drop her two children off at school so she left the
dog in the cage.
Deputies say Curiel stated that she was afraid
that the dog would bark and make noise so she wrapped duct tape around
his mouth to keep him quiet. She was afraid that if he kept barking she
would get into trouble with the apartment management.
On Wednesday morning, Curiel was arrested on charges of animal cruelty. She remains in the Palm Beach County Jail.