Nakayla Sanabria told police she was out of money and could not afford to feed three dogs, including Sampson, who was in desperate condition when found.
"I saw these poor animals. They had knocked the trash cans over, and they were just skin hanging on bones," neighbor Deborah Burke said.
Burke, of Amherst Court in Cocoa, called Animal Services.
She said nothing was done until an alarm company salesman going door-to-door walked up to her house and saw what was going on inside.
A police report said Sampson was suffering from prolonged malnutrition, or a starved state.
The report said he tested for the lowest possible level of emaciation compatible with life.
"The dog was near death and suffering because it was not cared for. At that point, you call someone for help," Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department said.
A veterinarian saved him, but just barely. The investigation began last week and ended with Sanabria’s arrest Wednesday for aggravated animal cruelty.
"I am so glad they have the dogs, because no animal should have to live like that," Burke said.
Sampson is now recovering with a new owner; the other two dogs, which were better off, are also in permanent homes.
A Cocoa woman was charged with animal cruelty after police found a severely malnourished dog at her home last week, according to her affidavit.
Nakayla Sanabria, 28, of the 1200 block of Amherst Court, was taken into custody Wednesday, police said. She was being held at the Brevard County Detention Center in Sharpes in lieu of $2,000 bail, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
On Sept. 26, a home security representative making door-to-door solicits called police after he saw the dog, named Sampson, through a window at Sanabria's home, the affidavit states. Sampson appeared emaciated, the salesman told police, and officers who responded to the home agreed.
Police entered the home when Sanabria returned. Inside, they said they found dog waste on the floor and piles of trash. Officers turned the dog over to Brevard County Animal Control.
With his rib cage exposed and significant muscle loss, a vet for Animal Control said Sampson was one of the worst cases of neglect he had ever seen.
In her interview with police, Sanabria [claimed] she had taken in Sampson and two other dogs two months ago after the dog's previous owner was evicted from a home. She [claimed] she fed the dogs three times a day, according to her affidavit, and that Sampson has had the same appearance since she first took him into her home
Full Name: Nakayla Mercedes Sanabria
Time: 1:18 PM
Arresting Agency: Cocoa Police Department
Arrest County: Brevard County, Florida
Arrest Age: 28
Race: Asian or Pacific Islander
Block: 1200 Amherst Ct
City: Cocoa, Florida 32922
Weight: 260 lbs
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Nakayla seems pretty adept at getting people to give her money based on her plea of "I'm a single mother. Send me money!"
She managed to collect $500 on a GoFundMe she created on July 26, 2015.
A year later, on March 26, 2016, she created another GoFundMe page saying "Single mom in need of a car". She didn't even bother to write a sob story narrative this time and yet, Christoper Moore gave her $200 twice and then an anonymous person gave her another $200. Hmm. Go back and look at the earlier GoFundMe and "anonymous" gave her, in separate amounts, $50, $140, $50, $150 and $100. I'm seeing a pattern.
GoFundMe: single mom in need of help
Created July 26, 2015
$500 of $500 goal
Raised by 6 people in 27 months
my name is nakayla i am a single mother of two kids, i was recently just let go from work, my daughter is 11 months and my son is 2 years old, its been very hard for me i have done everthing i can for my kids i have saved up barly enough money for my bills. im still short, i have a job lined up for me in a matter of a few weeks but im at the deadline and nobody is willing to wait. my car is about to get repoed my lights are about to get shut off, i have never been the type of person to ask for help but this time i need it. if any one cn help my family i am more then willing to give phones numbers to provied proof that my car is about to get repoed.with out my car i wont be able to get to work, with out the new job i will lose more then what i know. please can anyone help my family. Help spread the word!
GoFundMe: Single mom in need of car
Created March 26, 2016
$600 of $700 goal
Raised by 3 people in 19 months
Single mom in need of help for a car
Help spread the word!
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