The odor of death reeked: Fort Pierce woman charged with animal cruelty for dead and starving animals in homeTuesday, June 30th, 2009 by TCPalm.com
FORT PIERCE — It was the stench that betrayed something was wrong.
So on Monday night, Michele Nunziata‘s landlord called the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and reported his concerns.
When investigators showed up at the home in the 900 block of North Kings Highway, they found a grim scene.
Three dead dogs locked up in kennels. A black wolf locked up in feces and starving. A Doberman pinscher in the same condition.
There were other animals. Three skinny pit bulls running loose in the house. A bloodhound reported to be malnourished, two cockatiels and two ferrets – all without sufficient food – and a chinchilla with food and water.
Investigators also found veterinary medicine and piles of feces scattered on the dining room floor.
Nunziata, 40, was booked into the St. Lucie County jail on Monday and is being detained in lieu of $42,500 bail. She faces 16 counts of animal abuse charges and one charge of having the wolf without a permit.
Nunziata told investigators that she had put down the dogs on Saturday and had been too distraught to remove their bodies.
She said she had received the euthanasia from her landlord, who had called to tell her that the syringes where in her mailbox ready for use by saying in code, “The snowman had arrived.” (more…)