- Florida, USA -
~ Update: October 6, 2023
After hearing back from Charlotte County Animal Control, I learned that Roxy was sadly euthanized. In an email I was told: “She was riddled with health problems and was severely emaciated. Unfortunately, she was euthanized at the recommendation of the veterinarian. She was a very elderly dog (approx. 15-16 years old), and she was too far gone by the time we made it to her. “
~ Original story:
A dog who was found severely neglected, resulted in the arrest of 36-years-old MICHAEL DWAYN MINGS (pictured).
According to a document by Charlotte County Animal Control obtained by Voice For Us, on April 13, 2023, the agency received an anonymous call reporting a possible neglect case involving a Pitbull at a property in Port Charlotte. The caller said the dog was extremely thin.
Officers responded to the location and met with MINGS. They found a female Pitbull, named Roxy, who was severely malnourished. The document stated that Roxy was first taken to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and subsequently “dropped off at the Animal Welfare League as a hold.”
Animal Control officers attempted to make contact with MINGS multiple times. On one occasion they went to his residence and knocked on the door but there was no answer.
Court documents show that MINGS was located on September 30, 2023, and a check through Central Communications revealed that he had a felony capias warrant for animal cruelty out of Charlotte County. MINGS was placed under arrest and booked into the Charlotte County Jail on one misdemeanor count of confinement/abandonment of animals, and one felony count of cruelty to animals.
MINGS was released after posting a $5,000 bond.
According to court records, MINGS’ arraignment is set for November 6, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Shannon H. McFee.
Voice For Us Disclaimer: This story is sourced from official documents.
Details may be removed or additional information may be provided in future should such sources report an update.
MINGS’ mugshot shared from the Charlotte County Jail
Roxy’s pictures provided to Voice For Us by Charlotte County Animal Control.
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