- Florida, USA -
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 57-years-old LITA PATRICIA ROGERS (pictured), who claims to be a veterinarian technician.
ROGERS was arrested for animal cruelty on Monday, May 22, 2023, following an investigation that was launched on May 1, 2023. However, as Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a video posted on the sheriff's office Facebook page, the abuse of two innocent animals began much earlier.
ROGERS had been living at a home on Olympic Drive in Cocoa with her boyfriend until he passed away in August 2022. After the boyfriend’s death, ROGERS had problems with his kids who wanted the house back so she moved out in March 2023, leaving behind a dog and a pig. The arrest affidavit identified the dog as Sophie and the pig as Liliana “Lilly”.
When deputies responded to the home, Sophie was already deceased and as reported by the responding officer, she was “melted into the ground.” Sophie was alive abut “emaciated.”
According to the affidavit, Sophie's remains were taken to Brevard County Sheriff's Office South Animal Care Center (SACC) and were placed in a refrigerator.
Liliana was removed from the home and was also taken to SACC “where she was temporarily secured in the livestock barn at this same facility.” Liliana was also examined by veterinary staff.
Liliana was later taken to Midway Veterinary Hospital in Pierce and turned over to Dr. Adams for advanced medical care. A few days later, Liliana was returned to SACC to continue her treatment under Dr. Boyd's care.
Sheriff Ivey said that ROGERS told deputies the animals were not her responsibility. However, according to the sheriff, ROGERS went back to the home on several occasions to check on her car. “Her freaking car. Are you kidding me?”, said the sheriff.
ROGERS was aware that Sophie and Liliana were both starving to death!
Court records show that ROGERS faces two misdemeanor counts of animal abandonment, two misdemeanor counts of unlawful confinement, and two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
ROGERS was released from the Brevard County Jail after posting a $24,000 bond.
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ROGERS’ mugshot via Brevard County Sheriff’s Office