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Carl A. Castilow of Avon Park, Florida Arrested for Animal Cruelty

Carl A. Castilow of Avon Park, Florida was arrested Friday after he was accused of leaving his two dogs unattended in a parked car for nearly an hour, news sources report. The animals died due to the neglect, reports indicate. Castilow, 52, was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on charges of animal cruelty. It is not yet known whether he qualified for bail bond. The press did not specify a defense attorney for Castilow.

According to reports, Castilow is a student at Keiser Golf College on Southwest Fountainview Boulevard. The incident reportedly involved Castilow’s two dogs, an 8-year-old Golden Retriever named Stoli and an 8-year-old Shepherd mix named Dotty. There is no indication that Castilow had a criminal record prior to his arrest. The college does not appear to have commented on the occurrence.

Reports say Castilow arrived at the college at around 11:50 Thursday morning with the animals and left them in the car. The vehicle was turned off and had three windows partially opened, sources say. It is not currently clear what Castilow had been doing in the college at the time of the incident or if he intended to leave the animals in the car for as long as they were.

A witness passed the car at 12:35 and noticed the two dogs. Concerned, the woman enlisted the aid of college staff to free Stoli and Dotty from the car. Reports say the rescuers provided both of the dogs with ice packs and wet towels in an effort to cool them down. Dotty, however, had reportedly had too much of the heat and died of heat exhaustion at the scene.

Officials with the Port St. Lucie Animal Control arrived soon afterward and took Stoli to Kelly’s Animal Hospital on Northwest Central Park Plaza. Stoli was in critical condition and veterinarians decided to keep the animal overnight; Stoli died while at the facility. It is not clear when Castilow returned to his vehicle and realized what had happened.

In other news, Laura Lynn Ross of Jacksonville was arrested this past week after she was accused of attempting to steal over 40 items from an area Wal-Mart, reports say. Ross, 44, was booked into the county jail on charges of grand theft. It is not yet known whether she qualified for bail or hired legal representation.

According to reports, the incident occurred at a Jacksonville Wal-Mart. Ross entered the store and filled her cart with 64 items, reports say. Ross then checked out using the store’s self-checkout line, which allows customers to scan their own items without a clerk’s assistance. However, reports say Ross only scanned 17 of the 64 items and paid $40.76.

A loss prevention manager spotted the alleged theft and stopped Ross as she attempted to leave the Wal-Mart. According to reports, the other 47 items were valued at around $345. During police questioning, Ross allegedly said that she did not realize that she failed to scan over half her cart before paying. The officers apparently did not buy the story and arrested Ross.

Sources: 6.16.13 Castilow Animal Cruelty.pdf, 6.16.13 Ross Grand Theft.pdf.

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