’Cash,’ a pit bull, was so hungry he tried to eat a shoe at the Mangonia Park apartment where he was found. Authorities euthanized the 8-year-old dog.

MANGONIA PARK - In a vacant, feces-filled and flooded apartment, maintenance workers found “Cash,” an 8-year-old male pit bull emaciated and starving to the point where the animal tried to eat a shoe, authorities said.


Authorities say Brittany Hansen, the dog’s registered owner, abandoned Cash after being evicted from the apartment in January. Hansen, 32, was arrested Aug. 29 on two counts of animal cruelty.


She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail later that day on a $3,000 bond.


Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control had to euthanize Cash, the agency confirmed Friday. It could not find a rescue to take him and his health was declining in the 45 days he was in its custody, Animal Care and Control said.


Hansen’s arrest stems from an investigation that began Jan. 8 at the Tiffany Lakes apartment complex on Tiffany Drive in Mangonia Park. The apartment owner told Animal Care and Control investigators that maintenance workers entered the vacated residence after neighbors reported seeing water coming from the apartment.


The officer manager told investigators she believed Hansen returned to the apartment after her eviction to vandalize the property.


The maintenance workers discovered that sinks had been left running and found the pit bull alone on a bed. Cash was taken to Animal Care and Control, where veterinarians noted that the animal had little to no body fat and had trouble eating.


According to the arrest report, an investigator spoke to Hansen by phone that day to discuss the dog’s condition. Hansen told the investigator she had recently moved to Port St. Lucie and gave the dog to a man in Lantana. She told the investigator she was shocked to learn of the dog’s condition.


Multiple attempts to reach Hansen again and have her surrender custody of Cash were unsuccessful, the report said.


Witnesses reported seeing Hansen at the home in the days prior to the dog being discovered. One man told investigators the pit bull appeared to have been in poor health for several months.


While receiving veterinary care, the dog gained 29 pounds from basic nutrition and treatment for parasites, authorities said.


jwhigham@pbpost.com


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