Deputies: Woman strangled her dog so nobody else could have it

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OSPREY, FL. - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman for killing her dog in a cruel and painful manner, because she didn't want anyone else to have it.

Sarasota County Animal Services was contacted by the Venice Police Department in November after receiving a report that 28-year-old Shelley Bezanson had killed her 7-year-old dog, Diamond, and planned to bury it at her mother's Base Avenue home in Venice.

"She killed the dog by strangling it with its own chain." Sheriff's spokesperson Wendy Rose says after receiving a tip, Bezanson confessed to the November killing. “She turned up the music as she was killing the dog so she didn't disturb the neighbors."

According to property managers, Bezanson was told large dogs were not allowed in the mobile home park even before she moved in.

The sheriff's office says their investigation revealed the woman had been trying to get her veterinarian to put diamond down. “The veterinarian said there is no ethical reason. This is a healthy seven year old female with no behavioral issues," says Rose.

According the sheriff's report, the woman said she did it because she promised the dog they would be together until the end.

Bezanson only owned the dog for around a year.

“She was an angel. She was a great dog. We thought we were sending her to a fantastic home," says Kristi Dorman, Executive Director at the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

She says Diamond was originally left by somebody, tied to a pole outside their facility. She says like always they go through an extensive matching process while making sure the animals go to good homes. She says they and other local organizations would have been happy to help. "If she would have notified us, we would have brought the dog right back into our facility and taken great care of her."

A necropsy determined Diamond’s death was prolonged, painful, cruel, excessive, and completely unnecessary.

Bezanson was taken into custody Friday and charged with Cruelty to Animals: Resulting in Cruel Death. She is being held on $25,000 bond.