Levy woman charged with animal cruelty
Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 1:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 1:48 p.m.
A Levy County deputy dispatched to check out an animal cruelty complaint reported thinking that the foul stench coming from a home might have been from decomposing human remains.
What the deputy found was a home where animal feces was 3 inches deep on the floors and several extremely emaciated animals were being held.
According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Ella Anderson went to 609 Mashburn Drive in Bronson, where the smell was reported to be so profound she called for backup before entering the mobile home.
Maj. Evan Sullivan said the deputies found layers of animal feces on the floors and cats clawing at a bedroom door in what appeared to be an attempt to get out of the room.
The five cats and two dogs rescued from the home were turned over to county Animal Services officers. Sullivan said the animals were all extremely emaciated and that some appeared to have mange and other diseases.
Once deputies determined there were no humans inside the home, crime scene investigators put on biohazard gear — including respirators — to process the scene, Sullivan said.
Anderson arrested a woman who lived a few doors down from the mobile home, Brenda Kay Nordstrom, 47, of 683 Gilbert St., on felony charges of cruelty to animals.
Sullivan said Nordstrom admitted owning the home where the animals were found and said the animals belonged to her. She also admitted knowing her animals were in “deplorable conditions,” Sullivan said.
Nordstrom told investigators she did not seek veterinary care for the animals because she thought that, because of their conditions, they would have to be euthanized.
Sullivan said no decision on the animals’ fates had been made by Wednesday afternoon.
Nordstrom was being held at the Levy County jail.
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