You are hanging your canine; a man is heard telling the suspect in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
A Florida woman caught on video mistreating her dog by pulling the dog on a leash several times is in police custody. The woman will face charges relating to animal cruelty, according to police.
The disturbing video was recorded on Friday. It was uploaded on Facebook by one Vincent Minutello, and since then, the video has attracted close to 3000 comments. In the video, you can hear a man rebuking the woman and telling her to stop mistreating the dog.
**Update 27Sep19 Commissioner and mother of Michelle Sieber, Rea Sieber, makes a statement. Fast Forward to 2:20:50.https://youtu.be/mBCC_WDvxAg** Update 22Sep19 your voices of concern have been heard world wide. News media from around the world are covering this story all because of everyone’s support against animal abuse. I really hope everyone can focus on the positive that is coming from this video and not the negative. Violence and threats are completely against the message I am hoping to spread. Michelle A. Sieber to my knowledge has not been bailed out with her bail set to $5,000. She is facing Felony charges. The dogs are SAFE and being held until the investigation is over. ** Thank you for all the support! For those who would have choose the violent route I understand your frustration. However documenting is key to a habitual offender. The link below confirms her booking into the Pinellas county jail. https://iontb.com/woman-arrested-after-video-released-of-her-abusing-a-dog-in-tarpon-springs/Great job everyone!*** Update she has been found and the dogs are safe. Great job TSPD!! Thanks everyone for your help.******** Update this was reported to local authorities by me early this morning. They have identified the woman in this video earlier on. Tarpon Springs Police Department was extremely supportive and started an investigation. Please don’t incriminate yourselves with violence. That is a short term reaction to what seems to be a long term problem. With this video hopefully we can put a stop to it. To my knowledge they have not located her or the vehicle yet but I will keep everyone posted. Thank you.*******Tarpon friends please share if you see the van let me know where or call Tarpon Springs Police Department****Who do I call to report animal abuse?
Posted by Vincent Minutello on Friday, September 20, 2019
The voice can be heard saying, “You are choking the dog,” the male voice shouts. “You are pulling him up.” “I am not pulling him,” the woman is heard saying.
Michelle A. Sieber, aged 26, was arrested instead of her paying the required $5,000 bail, according to authorities in Pinellas County.
The woman’s mother, Rea Sieber, is a commissioner in the city of Tarpon Springs. She parks her RV at the backside of a wine shop belonging to her mother, reports WFLA.
In an email on Saturday, Rea Sieber said her daughter was a mental illness patient. “Over the last seven to eight years, Michelle has battled mental illness,” she said. Rea Sieber said offensive comments had been directed at her besides constant harassment since the issue was brought to the limelight.
People are venting their anger on my job, my business, and my integrity as well, Rea said.
“Michelle is custody, and I am unable to get her out.” “Many people out there are peddling lies that she will be released because of my position. I had a conversation with her, and her case will be handed over to an attorney. “From there, she will be told what happens next.”
Tarpon Springs police said the suspect was apprehended Friday near Clearwater following a tip-off from Minutello and reviewing the video. A police statement described her as a person on the move who lives with her two dogs in a makeshift vehicle.
Rea Sieber said her daughter’s RV was always left behind her workplace, adding that some of the times, she sleeps in her home or other people’s homes.
Police said Minutello alleged his girlfriend saw the dog being thrown into a car on Thursday night. Authorities took the dogs away.
Continue to page 2 to see the video of the woman abusing a dog.