Ponce Inlet, FL – Beach Safety officers say a 70-year-old Daytona Beach Shores woman was arrested and charged with animal cruelty in an incident on the beach at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Point Park Wednesday.
It was around 3:03 PM when Marilynne Jones allegedly tried to drown her dog, Gracie. Witnesses performed CPR on the dog after it, at some point, became unconscious in the water. Beach Safety continued the lifesaving measures when officers arrived at the scene.
Officers found Jones by the water’s edge staring out at the water. According to the incident report, “she didn’t seem to care or worry about her dog.”
A witness said they saw Jones “holding her dogs limp body as the waves crashed over her dogs head.” Another witness added “I was on the beach and I observed the lady with a dog on a leash in the water and the dog was trying to get out of the water and she kept pulling it back into the water.”
Jones was charged with a felony count of animal cruelty and is being held without bond.
The dog was taken to Ravenwood Vet. Clinic in Port Orange for treatment and was responsive. According to Beach Safety Captain Tammy Marris, the dog is doing well “considering everything she’s been through.” Beach Safety will provide updates on her condition throughout the week.
(Photos of Gracie the dog courtesy Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue)
(Mugshot of Jones courtesy Volusia County Jail)
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