Sarasota, FL — Authorities arrested 28-year-old Shelley Bezanson after learning the woman strangled her 7-year-old adopted Pit bull with her own chain so no one else could have her.
Diamond was apparently abandoned, left chained to a pole, outside the Sarasota County Humane Society in October of 2012. Bezanson, after jumping through all the necessary hoops, adopted Diamond in January of 2013. It was about then that Bezanson made a promise to the critter — the two would be together until the end. Apparently, Diamond’s end was in November.
Acting on an anonymous tip, officers were dispatched to the home of Bezanson’s mother on November 14. Bezanson was apparently heading to mom’s place to bury Diamond. Officials soon learned that Bezanson strangled Diamond to death with her own chain.
“It was prolonged, it was painful, it was torturous, and it was a horrible, horrible death for this dog to die,” said sheriff’s office spokesperson Wendy Rose.
At the time of her confession, Bezanson reportedly told police she was in the middle of a breakdown while she was choking the life out of the dog, and she had no idea that what she was doing was wrong. Authorities called bullshit on the story when she admitted to having turned the music up in her home so her neighbors couldn’t hear the struggle.
Bezanson told police she had to do it because the mobile home park where she was living didn’t allow large breed dogs and, well, there was that promise, ya know. Bezanson was well aware of the park’s policy before moving into the community. According to police, Bezanson had previously asked her vet to euthanize Diamond but the doc refused, stating it was unethical and necessary. No clue as to why she didn’t just relinquish the dog to the Humane Society.
“She was an angel. She was a great dog. We thought we were sending her to a fantastic home,” says Kristi Dorman, Executive Director at the Humane Society of Sarasota County. “If she would have notified us, we would have brought the dog right back into our facility and taken great care of her.”
It took a minute for authorities to get their ducks in a row and build a case against Bezanzon, but she was finally arrested and charged with animal cruelty on Friday. Bond was set at $25,000.