The Sarasota County Sheriff’s arrested a Venice woman on animal cruelty charges after removing more than 30 neglected and malnourished animals from her home.
Agricultural Unit deputies launched their investigation on June 28 when 64-year-old Elaine Wells of Venice was arrested and requested Animal Services respond to her home to care for her animals. When personnel responded to 6684 Pineapple Place, they located 34 exotic birds flying freely around the residence. Several birds were underweight, suffered signs of self-mutilation and lacked access to food or water. Several were living under deteriorated kitchen cabinets and others were confined to cages. The home was covered in dirt, debris and animal waste and there were several insects including flies, mosquitos and roaches throughout. The birds were taken to a veterinarian who confirmed the animals lacked proper nutrition, access to medical services and appropriate housing. Animal Services also impounded an approximately 15-year-old Boston terrier. The animals remain in sheriff’s office custody pending a hearing later this week.
Wells is charged with three misdemeanors including Cruelty to Animals, Confinement of Animals without Sufficient Food or Water and Prohibited Cruelty to Animals. She remains in custody today without bond. Wells’ initial arrest on June 26 was for DUI and Driving While License Suspended.