Woman Faces Felony Charges After She ‘Forgot” To Feed Caged Dog, Who Starved To Death

Published: August 04, 2021 at 05:29 AM Author: Penny Eims

A Polk County, Florida, woman is facing felony charges after she “forgot” to feed three dogs. One of the dogs starved to death inside of a wire cage on her porch, and two others were emaciated by the time that they were found. Polk County officials identify 52-year-old Dashong Bonner as the person who neglected the three dogs at her Bartow home.

Please sign the petition today to put Bonner away for as long as possible! Who “forgets” to feed their dogs? She must never be allowed to harm another animal and we need your help to convince court officials that these dogs mattered, and that Bonner deserves to be punished!

The three dogs kept at Dashong Bonner’s home suffered tremendously. One dog literally starved to death in a wire cage, left on a filthy porch, before the authorities discovered what was happening.

The report from animal control reveals the true horror of what these dogs endured.

Dog #1, a brown in color female Pit Bull Terrier named Mocha, was located in a wire kennel with no plastic floor, covered in feces, with a 1/2 eaten plastic dog food bag in the kennel. In the bottom of the kennel were pieces of plastic the dog had digested and passed with its feces. The dog could barely stand and was carried to the animal control transport vehicle at the scene. Upon an evaluation of the dog by the Polk County Animal Control Veterinarian the dog was found to have a body score of a 1, with 1 being completely emaciated and 9 being obese. The dog was found to be suffering from heart worms and hook worms, anemic, severely underweight, and weighing only 24.1 pounds at approximately 5 years of age. This dog suffered repeated pain trying to stay alive eating a plastic dog food bag. The dog was unable to escape the wire kennel and attempt to hunt for food or water.

Dog #2, a tan Cur mix female dog named Caramel, was located roaming in the yard of the residence. The dog was severally underweight and was picked up and carried to the animal control transport vehicle at the scene. Upon an evaluation of the dog by the Polk County Animal Control Veterinarian the dog was found to have a body score of a 2. The dog weighed 22 pounds and was determined to be approximately 1 year old. The dog was found to be suffering from hook worms, whip worms, and heart worms. The dog was denied proper food and water or proper care.

Dog #3, a tan Cur mix male dog named Buster, was located in a wire kennel on the open back porch of the residence. The dog was found to be deceased. The dog was removed from the property and taken to Animal Control where it was found to have a body score of a 1. The dog had no visible fat on its body and appeared to be skin and bones. The dog clearly suffered a cruel death by starving to death inside a wire kennel with no food or water, and no way to escape to hunt for food or water. The floor of the kennel had one small piece of very dry feces in it indicating the dog had not had any food over an extended period of time.

When Bonner was questioned about the dogs, she admitted that she didn’t know when she had last fed them. She also claimed that she didn’t know that one of the dogs was dead inside of the wire cage on her porch. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said:

“Our Ag Crimes detectives and Animal Control personnel have seen some pretty awful things, but this is the worst case of animal cruelty they’ve encountered in a very long time.”

What Dashong Bonner did to these dogs is unconscionable! Death by starvation is a slow and painful process and it should go without saying that these dogs suffered greatly because of this woman’s abhorrent neglect.

Dashong Bonner is charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty, and one count misdemeanor animal cruelty, and she must receive the maximum sentence for each and every charge. We need your support to ensure that this happens – please add your name to the petition today! We will also be asking for Dashong Bonner to be forbidden from ever owning a pet again.

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Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Update 7/12/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the arraignment is scheduled for August 2, 2021 at 8:15 a.m. at the Barrow Courthouse.


Woman Faces Felony Charges After She 'Forgot" To Feed Caged Dog, Who Starved To Death

570 signatures = 4% of goal

570 Elena Paris Sep 20, 2021
569 Linda Pascutazx Throw the book at her ler her starve Sep 20, 2021
568 Suzanne Grafious Sep 19, 2021
567 Marla Abrams Sep 19, 2021
566 Leah Masterson Sep 19, 2021
565 Athena Baron Sep 19, 2021
564 Patricia Marko Punishment should be harsh Sep 19, 2021
563 Gloria Donn Sep 19, 2021
562Anonymous Sep 19, 2021
561 MIA BERGMAN Sep 19, 2021
560 Barbara Passerelle Sep 19, 2021
559 Alexandra Roddis Sep 19, 2021
558 Jeannie Jones Sep 19, 2021
557 SANDRA GOMEZ Sep 19, 2021
556 Wanda Smith Please give her the strongest punishment according to the law. Sep 19, 2021
555 Cassandra Eguiluz Sep 18, 2021
554 Penny Causey Seriously no comment necessary.This POS obviously never missed a meal. Sep 18, 2021
553Anonymous Sep 18, 2021
552 Olga Bey Sep 18, 2021
551 Patricia Compton She's a piece of trash and should be starved for awhile to see how it feels; Sep 18, 2021
550 Becky Moreno Sep 18, 2021
549 Melanie Brown Lock her up. Sep 18, 2021
548 Donna Oliver Sep 18, 2021
547Anonymous Heartless insane woman Sep 18, 2021
546 Tammy Whipple Sep 18, 2021
545Anonymous Ugly pos human, hopefully she gets to be starved like she did to these poor pups. Sep 18, 2021
544 Karleaha Symonds Sep 18, 2021
543 tamara beinlich OMG lock her in a wire cage with no food or water for months. Sep 18, 2021
542Anonymous Sep 18, 2021
541 Sabine Fontaine Sep 18, 2021