Local woman sentenced for animal cruelty

phelpsA local woman, 41-year-old Toni Phelps, was sentenced April 16 to 12 months behind bars and 10 years probation  for crimes resulting in the death of three dogs and three cats in her Navarre home in 2012. According to State Attorney Bill Eddins, Phelps entered a plea on Feb. 17, 2014, to six counts of Animal Cruelty, six  counts of Depriving an Animal of Food or Water and Public Nuisance.

In Nov. 2012, the corpses of three dogs and three cats were discovered by Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputies inside Phelps’ Navarre home. Phelps had packed up and moved out of the house when it was foreclosed in early 2012.

As a condition of Phelps’ probation, Santa Rosa Circuit Judge John Simon also ordered Phelps to complete 500 hours of community service, submit to a mental health evaluation and have no contact with animals.

Read more in the April 24 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.


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