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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011County: Okaloosa
Alleged: Ynid Marie Fitzwilliams
A dog named "Lagniappe" who was rescued Nov. 30 has gained nearly 7 pounds after being properly cared for by veterinarians.
The dog's owner, 48-year-old Ynid Marie Fitzwilliams, was arrested allegedly after neglecting to show up for a court appearance on the animal neglect charges.
The dog was found by animal control and was extremely neglected. According to the Okaloosa County Arrest report, he was suffering from hypothermia, anemia and malnutrition.
At the time of Lagniappe's rescue, she weighed 10 pounds, which is half of what she should weigh. The dog also had an infection in both her ears, swollen gums and was infested with parasites.
The dog was weak and stumbling when she tried to walk. The report said she was "near death" at the time.
Fitzwilliams told authorities she was unaware the dog was sick. On Jan. 10, Fitzwilliams had an Ex Parte Petition with animal control to determine if she was fit to continue caring for the canine.
The Fort Walton Beach woman did not appear and a warrant for her arrest on charges of animal cruelty was issued and she was placed in custody Feb. 14.
Deputy Laura Yanna says the dog, which ate ravenously after being taken in by PAWS, has since gained more than six pounds and her health has improved dramatically with good nutrition and veterinary care.
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