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Boynton Beach woman charged with animal cruelty for locking dog in filthy cage

Sasuke was locked in a wire cage, left out on the third floor balcony of a South Florida apartment, with his muzzle duct taped so he wouldn't annoy the landlord.
Sasuke was locked in a wire cage, left out on the third floor balcony of a South Florida apartment, with his muzzle duct taped so he wouldn't annoy the landlord.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

In West Boynton Beach, Fla., Andrea Melinee Curiel was arrested last week after she left her pit bull named Sasuke on the balcony of her apartment locked in a small wire cage and taped his muzzle shut with duct tape according to Wednesday's Sun Sentinel.

On April 8, a neighbor called authorities to report a dog being abused at an apartment in the 1000 block of Boynton Place Circle.

When investigators from Palm Beach Animal Care and Control arrived, they found the dog outside on a third floor balcony in a small wire cage; the dog was overheated, and drenched in his own urine and feces.

According to a probable cause affidavit, detectives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office stated Curiel admitted leaving the dog outside in the small cage because he was sick, and she was rushing to get her children off to school. Curiel said she also taped Sasuke's mouth shut to keep him from barking so she wouldn't get in trouble with her landlord.

A veterinarian's examination and subsequent treatment reported the dog's body temperature to be extremely high. The suffered from urine burns on his face, eyes, and feet. When the duct tape was removed from Susuke's mouth, his skin was raw and irritated.

Fortunately, the dog is doing better and is currently at Palm Beach Animal Care and Control.

Curiel has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty and is being held without bail.

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