Woman Starved A 10-Month-Old Dog Because She Was “Too Busy” To Feed Him

A woman from Sarasota, Florida has done the unthinkable to a sweet puppy. Instead of providing and caring for the dog, she left him locked in a cage without food and water. When she decided that the puppy was too much work she tried to lie to police and turn him in as a stray.

Alexandria Drew brought Richter, a 10-month-old Border Collie, to the local Animal Services office claiming he was a stray. However, when the police located the chip they found the dog’s recorded owner was Drew. Records show that Drew adopted the puppy six months ago from a local humane society.

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The dog was skin and bones with his ribs protruding. LT. Daniel Tutko was there when the dog arrived. He tells WFLA News, “It looked like he hadn’t eaten in months. It wasn’t in good shape.” At the time of adoption, Richter weighed 25 pounds. Sadly when the puppy was surrendered he only weighed a mere 20 pounds. Drew told the police she was too busy with work to feed the dog.

Photo: Facebook/Humane Society of Sarasota County

Photo: Facebook/Humane Society of Sarasota County


The Humane Society of Sarasota County took in the sweet puppy. A vet examination confirmed the puppy was malnourished from insufficient nutrients. With proper food and nutrition, Richter made a full recovery. He was adopted into a loving home where he is fed everyday.

The police charged Drew with Animal Cruelty and Confinement Without Sufficient Food.

Luckily, the puppy made a full recovery. If you cannot care for your dog please bring them to your local shelter. There is no reason a dog should have to starve.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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