A mini-mystery in Winter Haven started Saturday with two people hearing what sounded like a dog in a dumpster behind the River Lake Apartments, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
One of the two went dumpster-diving and came out with a sealed trash bag, the sheriff’s office said. Inside was a Chihuahua with a pink collar. When Polk County Animal Control arrived, workers found that someone cared enough about this Chihuahua to put in a microchip. The microchip led to Shawkimo Anderson.
The 41-year-old Anderson told deputies that she gave the dog, named Diamond, to another woman two months ago. PCSO said that story didn’t hold up for long — Anderson admitted she’d had Diamond for four years and dumped her. Deputies said Anderson claimed she could no longer afford to care for Diamond.
Anderson posted $1,000 bond after her arrest on aggravated animal cruelty charges. Meanwhile, Diamond died.
“I don’t know how anyone could do this to a pet,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “This woman stuffed an innocent creature into a bag and left it to die when all she had to do was give it to someone or surrender it to Animal Control, no questions asked. Because of her selfish action, the dog has now passed away.”
A necropsy will be performed on Diamond.