(Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

Blind, maggot-infested dog seized from Florida woman

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Trixie, the blind shih tzu, was found wandering the street when a Good Samaritan took her in and called animal control officers, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers knocked on doors until a neighbor knew where Trixie lived and that’s when they found a chow mix and pit bull, also showing signs of neglect, deputies said. 

The veterinarians who examined the dogs said that they’ve never seen a case as bad as Trixie, according to deputies. 

Trixie weighed 9 pounds, had maggots living under her fur and feces covering 95 percent of her body, deputies said.

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According to deputies, the chow mix was also blind with a paralyzed back end. The pit bull showed minor signs of neglect. 

Joi-Marie Richheimer, 45, of Crystal River, was arrested in connection with this case on Wednesday. She faces two felony counts of animal cruelty.

Read more at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

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