Vero Beach Woman Arrested for Felony Animal Abuse

VERO BEACH – On Saturday deputies with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 1700 block of 6th Avenue in Vero Beach for a welfare check.

The caller reported not seeing the homeowner for several days, with a pungent odor emitting from the home and insects gathering on the inside of the windows.

Responding deputies confirmed the presence of insects and a strong odor of death emitting from the home.

Through a rear window, deputies observed a small whippet breed dog loose in the home as well as a rottweiler in a crate in advance stages of decomposition. 

Deputies eventually reached the homeowner, Terri Redstone, 49, and requested she return to the residence.

After being read her Miranda rights, Redstone admitted to not feeding or caring for the rottweiler for more than two weeks.

Deputies noted several bags of dog food around the home, and that Redstone had intentionally neglected the dog in the crate.

Crime scene detectives estimate based on the decomposition and insect activity that the rottweiler had been dead for three to four weeks.

Detectives and deputies were forced to use respiratory protection while entering the home noting the deplorable living conditions inside of the home.

Redstone was arrested and charged with two felony counts of cruelty to animals. She was release on $5,000.00 bond.

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “This is one of the worst animal cruelty cases we have seen. She intentionally neglected this one year old rottweiler, leaving it in the crate for several weeks to die. No animal should have to suffer such a death.” The whippet was removed from the home by animal control.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.