(DAILY BEAST) Florida cops nabbed a pair of mother-daughter scam artists on animal cruelty charges after a cremation company couldn’t locate the women to deliver their dog’s ashes, and alerted police for a welfare check.
In July, Citrus County deputies searching the property of a retired nursing professor and her daughter discovered a house of horrors: liquefied dogs stuffed into tote bags, rabbits left to die in cages and a decaying horse stuck in a stall. The women apparently abandoned their home and the animals inside—a cruel scheme they repeated in three other states, authorities say.
Cops later arrested Nancy Lee Freeman, 74, and Katherine Joanne Nygaard, 41, at a Tampa hotel. The women face grand theft, animal cruelty and neglect charges, and used Nancy’s cancer diagnosis to hoodwink their victims, officials charged at a press conference Wednesday.
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