Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women Face Animal Cruelty Counts; Five Dogs Were So Badly Cared for, an Officer Thought One Was Dead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women Face Animal Cruelty Counts; Five Dogs Were So Badly Cared for, an Officer Thought One Was Dead

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Two Jacksonville women were arrested Monday after being accused of being cruel to five dogs.

A Jacksonville police officer said he found five dogs in the backyard of a house on Prospect Street without food or water. Three of the dogs were described as being emaciated. One was so bad the officer said he thought the white pit mix was dead when it didn't move while the officer was at the house. Another dog was in a small cage with fecal matter covering the bottom of the cage.

Stephanie G. Drummond, 34, and Amanda S. Holman, 18, were arrested, police said.

Drummond told police three of the dogs were hers, but two of the dogs belonged to her tenants. She said she told the tenants to get rid of their dogs, but they never did. She said she regularly feeds her dogs, but they don't gain weight.

Holman told police that she had moved out of her apartment on the property on Sept. 26. She said none of the dogs was hers. She told police the dogs were in the same condition when she left her apartment as they were when police arrived Monday.

All of the dogs were taken by animal control.

Mary Kelli Palka

DRIVER IN FATAL ACCIDENT TUESDAY IS IDENTIFIED

A motorist killed just before noon Tuesday in a collision with a tractor-trailer at New Kings and Moncrief roads has been identified as James L. Whiddon, 75, of the 6300 block of Bob-O-Link Road in Jacksonville.

His wife, Blanch Whiddon, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Police said James Whiddon's eastbound pickup on Moncrief entered the intersection after waiting for the light to turn green and was hit in the driver's side by the flatbed traveling south on New Kings. Seat belts were in use. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the accident.

Dana Treen

MORE INFORMATION ON MONDAY'S DRIVE-BY KILLING

Jacksonville police released new information in Monday's Talleyrand drive-by homicide.

Witnesses saw a silver four-door Buick occupied by several males shoot at the residence in the 3100 block of Bridier Street. The vehicle fled north on Bridier toward Claudia Spencer Street.

Montrell Lashane Johnson, 32, of East 13th Street was by a car in front of the home when he was shot and killed. …

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