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Updated: 01/22/2014 08:00:07AM

Report: Woman kills own dog to avoid eviction

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Shelley Benzanson

By DREW WINCHESTER

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SARASOTA COUNTY — An Osprey woman was arrested Friday in connection with the November death of her pit bull, in which authorities claim she strangled the dog because her landlord threatened eviction if she didn’t get rid of it, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

The case started Nov. 14 on the 100 block of West Base Avenue, Venice, when Venice police were called to the address because Shelley Bezanson, 28, of West Oak Street, Osprey, randomly had admitted to killing the dog, a report shows.

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