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Pinellas County woman charged with animal cruelty for suffering Rottweiler

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Danielle Levine, 50, faces charges of felony animal cruelty for the inhumane treatment of her aged Rottweiler mix reported Thursday's

Levine has been accused of abandoning her sick dog named Sapphire in March 2014, after having left the dog to suffer inside of her home for a week. Neighbors called authorities after hearing the pitiful cries of a dog in obvious pain coming from Levine's home.

When Pinellas County Animal Services Officer Jason Anderson entered the home, he found Sapphire lying on the floor in her own urine, unable to even lift her head. Levine allegedly told authorities she had given the dog two Aleve pain pills wrapped in bacon, but could not afford to take her dog to Animal Control to be humanely euthanized.

Pinellas County Animal Services charge $20 to euthanize a dog.

Sadly, Sapphire was brought back to the shelter and found to be suffering from cancer which had spread throughout her body. Untreated sores were infected and oozing.

Levine is currently being held in the Pinellas Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Rest in peace Sapphire. No dog should have to suffer such pain and disrespect.

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