When a Hillsborough County animal services investigator arrived at the home in the 3600 block of Beechwood Boulevard, he found a gruesome scene:
A wire cage. Two dead dogs. One dog was inside the cage. The other - so decomposed officials couldn't determine its gender - was lying nearby.
"I saw the photographs," department spokeswoman Marti Ryan said. "They are truly horrible."
Ryan said Shirley McKenzie, 54, left the dogs, pit bulls or pit bull mixes, to die. She "claimed these dogs belonged to her son, who had moved out," Ryan said. McKenzie "did not apparently do anything to care for them and allowed them to waste away," Ryan said.
Deputies arrested McKenzie at 6:51 p.m. Monday. She posted $5,000 bail a few hours later. She was charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for improper confinement and failure to provide food and water.
"We wish we had gotten this report earlier and spared these dogs what had to be a very slow and painful perishing," Ryan said.
One killed, two injured when car, truck collide
One person died and two were injured when a car and a truck collided at the intersection of Trapnell Road and James Redman Parkway on Tuesday about 9:45 p.m., according to Plant City police Sgt. Dale Peterson.
A red car going south on the parkway ran a red light, striking a truck with two people in it, Peterson said. A passenger in the car was killed instantly, and the drivers of the truck and the car were injured, he said.
Both were taken to by ambulance to Lakeland Regional Hospital. Information about their condition was not available.
The passenger in the truck was uninjured, Peterson said. No names were released Tuesday, pending notification of the next of kin of the deceased.