The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office first had contact with 43-year-old William Dufresne, whose occupation is painting motorcycles according to the probable cause affidavit, on Dec. 17 about a thin gray male thoroughbred named Wesson.
On March 1, the sheriff’s office was called out after Wesson had gotten out of his pasture, located at 6354 Malton St., and was found on the next street over on Albin Avenue.
Wesson was found flea bitten, his split hooves had overgrown and his bones showed through the skin, according to the affidavit. Ginger was underweight and she lacked fat on her ribs, shoulder, tail and head.
There was no hay and the small amount of grain on the pasture was molded, and wasn’t even enough if it had been fresh, according to the affidavit. The three years the horses had been living at the pasture, it hadn’t been properly maintained, covered in manure and weeds, and was overgrazed.
Dufresne then said he had lied about the veterinarian, according to the affidavit.
“I’m the one responsible for this, no one else is,” Dufresne said, according to the affidavit. “My own ego got in the way. I’m not going to make any excuses.”
The horses were taken into custody by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office animal services to be treated and placed appropriately.
Dufresne faces two charges of animal cruelty and two charges of confinement of animals without sufficient food, according to the sheriff’s office. He was released early Friday on a $4,000 bond.
Full Name: William Dufresne
Arrest Age: 42
Current Age: 43
Block: 5600 Ganyard Ave
City: North Port, Florida 34291
Weight: 200 lbs
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Place of Birth: OH
Arresting Agency: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Arrest Location:2071 RINGLING AV, SARASOTA , Sarasota, FL
#1 CONSERVATION-ANIMALS: CAUSE CRUEL DEATH PAIN AND SUFFERING
#2 CONSERVATION-ANIMALS: CAUSE CRUEL DEATH PAIN AND SUFFERING
#3 CONSERVATION-ANIMALS: ABANDON/CONFINE WO FOOD WATER EXERCISE
#4 CONSERVATION-ANIMALS: ABANDON/CONFINE WO FOOD WATER EXERCISE
(bradenton.com - March 10, 2017)