A Hillsborough County woman is under arrest after investigators say she tried to abandon two neglected dogs along a stretch of road in Hillsborough County.
The dogs are severely malnourished and their skin is riddled with mites.
Deputies arrested 26-year-old Selina Spigner. Investigators say a witness saw her drop off the dogs near U.S. Highway 301 and Maple Lane. The witness got a partial tag number that detectives used to track Spigner down.
They arrested her Friday afternoon, and they say she admitted to neglecting the dogs.
"The suspect admitted she did not provide proper care for the animals; she did not properly feed them for four months," said Major Clyde Eisenberg, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Initial reports indicated that Spigner may have thrown the dogs from a moving car, but a veterinarian who examined them said there were no injuries consistent with that scenario.
"We didn't see any signs of any type of trauma on our exam. As far as our exam goes, there's not evidence of that," said Dr. Lisa Tipton.
The dogs are malnourished, though, and one can barely open his eyes.
Spigner said she didn't have the money to care for them, according to the sheriff's office.
"She did not have financial resources to provide for the animals, and was just going to toss them out," Eisenberg said. "It's horrendous, it's just absolutely horrendous…there's no excuse for it, none."
The dogs are now on antibiotics, and a daily medication to kill the mites causing their skin condition.
Tipton said that, had Spigner gone to a vet, the treatment would have likely cost $500 to $600 per dog, over the course of several visits.
She is now charged with two counts of cruelty to animals, failure to provide vet care, and cruelty to animals by starvation.
The dogs will have to regain their health before officials will consider putting them up for adoption.