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Florida woman charged after fighting dogs euthanized, kept in garage for weeks

Samantha Reid, 20, was charged after Indian River Sheriff deputies were called to her home over dog fights. Deputies found nine dogs living in the house, many in a garage with several weeks of feces and urine littering the floor. The dogs had been left in the garage for so long there were claw and bite marks on the doors leading outside.
Samantha Reid, 20, was charged after Indian River Sheriff deputies were called to her home over dog fights. Deputies found nine dogs living in the house, many in a garage with several weeks of feces and urine littering the floor. The dogs had been left in the garage for so long there were claw and bite marks on the doors leading outside.
Published Feb. 15, 2018

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A woman is being held without bail after she was charged with keeping several fighting dogs in a filthy garage without food or water, according to the Indian River Sheriff's Office.

Samantha Reid, 20, was charged with two counts of unlawful confinement of animals and a felony offense for violating her probation, according to jail records.

When police responded to a call on Jan. 31 around 10 p.m. at Reid's home, they found two dogs fighting in the backyard. Deputies needed to use a Taser to restrain one of the two pit bull mix dogs.

Both dogs were euthanized due to the severity of their injuries after receiving stitches and emergency medical care, according to the TCPalm.

Reid said the fighting dogs belonged to her boyfriend. Both dogs were extremely dirty, deputies said.

Nine dogs lived in the home, four owned by Reid. Reid told deputies that she would sometimes keep the dogs in the garage when she wasn't home, TCPalm reports.

Deputies who investigated the garage could not remain inside for long, TCPalm reports. Dog feces and urine had built up for weeks, there was no food or water within the dogs' reach, and the dogs had chewed and clawed at the doors to the outside for escape.

Indian River Animal Control had cited Reid three times in 2017 for keeping the dogs in the garage during the summer heat, the police report said.

Reid will be held without bail due to the felony charge against her for bringing contraband into a detention facility.