Daytona woman won’t be charged with animal cruelty but won’t get dog back.
“A woman charged with felony animal cruelty after she was accused of trying to drown her dog last summer will not be prosecuted. (VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE)
Marilynne Elsie Jones, 71, of Daytona Beach, was arrested by Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officers on Aug. 24 and jailed after she was accused of trying to drown her dog in the inlet at Lighthouse Point Park.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Jones said she loved the 11-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Gracie.
“I should have never been charged because the guy who yacked about me wasn’t telling the truth,” Jones said.
While the State Attorney’s Office won’t charge Jones she also won’t be getting her dog back.
Assistant Volusia County Attorney Peter A.D. McGlashan asked at a hearing on Oct. 5 over the dog’s custody that the pooch should be taken from Jones. Dozens wrote letters to the court asking that the dog be placed in another home.
County Judge Shirley Green agreed and ordered that Jones not get the dog back. The judge also ordered that Jones pay a $1,700 veterinary bill for the dog’s care. Jones said her brother has paid the bill.
“I would never want Gracie to die,” Jones said in the interview. She said she wished Gracie would have been taken to the court hearing.
“She would have run right over to me,” Jones said.
The main witness against Jones was George Hoffman, 58, who accused her of holding the dog under water and trying to drown her. Jones’ defense attorney George Pappas argued that Hoffman lacked credibility.
The State Attorney’s Office found that Hoffman’s claims appeared to be embellished, according to a memo. The memo also stated that due to Jones’ condition she would not “rationally understand the nature and consequence of her actions.”
A portion of the memo was redacted.
Jones said in a phone interview she did not know what condition the memo was referring to. She said she has not been allowed to even visit her dog.
“I was just very, very upset that I didn’t get my dog back,” Jones said in the phone interview.” NewsJournal Online reports.
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