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West Palm Beach woman arrested for animal cruelty in extreme neglect of dog

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Lavaunti Wingard ignored previous warnings and citations in April from cruelty officers at the Palm Beach Animal Care and Control to take better care of her sweet dog Duchess, a two-year-old brown and white pit bull.

Authorities had seen the undernourished dog tied outdoors with no protection from the sun, having had little to eat or clean water to drink and had not been properly licensed as required by law.

On Sunday, West Palm Beach police officers and Animal Care and Control seized Duchess at Wingard's home on the 2000 block of Broadway. According to, police also found a muzzle made out of duct tape next to where the dog had been tied up. All that was available for the dog to eat was some rotted food and filthy water. There had been no improvements in the dog's condition.

Wingard is facing animal cruelty charges. She was booked into Palm Beach County Jail.

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