You know, you think you've heard it all, then you hear something like this: the intentional starvation of a white German shepherd named Ella in March. The only good news to come out of this is the following:
The Central Brevard Humane Society will have a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Dog Walk, in the memory of Ella (the 1-year old white German shepherd from Cocoa who starved to death after being abandoned by her owner) on Wednesday, June 18th, at the Shelter located at 1020 Cox Road in Cocoa, beginning at 5 p.m. - the public is invited to attend.
Ella’s Walk will be a beautiful and private walking area for any individual and their pet to come and enjoy a calming and tranquil place while being surrounded by the natural beauty of Florida. The pathway will include an archway at the entrance, benches, large potted plants, paving stones and pet waste receptacle stations. There will be opportunities for individuals to personalize any of the items in Ella’s Walk - ‘In Memory’ of their own pet or loved one.
This ‘labor of love’ (Ella’s Walk) was started by some students from the University of Central Florida, and the trail was developed by Cameron Pinkosky with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop # 701, Cape Canaveral as his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. It has taken over 200 man hours to turn this ‘dream into a reality’.
Please help keep the memory of Ella alive and in our hearts! For more information or to make a donation to this worthy cause, please contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343.
Now here's the backstory-- you'll need a strong stomach. From Pet-Abuse.com:
A Cocoa woman, who neighbors said loved her dog, abandoned him in a crate for two months and then told investigators she knew it would starve to death. Cocoa police on March 13 arrested Christine Dawn Abrams, 29, on a charge of cruelty to animals in the death of her two-year-old German Shepherd, Ella. She is at the Brevard County Jail and faces a $1,000 bond. Neighbors told police they were concerned that they had not seen Abrams or Ella for several months. "It was unusual for Abrams to be away from her home for any length of time," neighbors said. One neighbor peeked through a window of Abrams' home on Peachtree Street and spotted the dead canine inside a locked metal crate. Police searched for Abrams for five hours and found her at a new address on Parapet Drive, less than six miles from her former residence.
Abrams told detectives that the water had been turned off at the house in January and she had to move. She locked Ella in a crate at the old home because her new roommate did not like dogs. Abrams told the detectives that she knew what would happen if Ella was left without food or water for an extended period of time, the report shows. "Abrams showed no remorse over the dog," the police report shows. Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Barbara Matthews said "this was a dog that was current on all of his shots. All she had to do was leave the door open." Police added that there was a bag of dry dog food just a few feet from the dog's locked crate.