Police: Gainesville woman left dogs alone for weeks without food

GPD: 1 dog might not survive; woman charged with animal cruelty

Booking photo of Kya Benjamin

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old Gainesville woman has been charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty after she left two dogs home alone for weeks without food, police said.

Kya Benjamin left her dogs, Hiro and Famous, alone in a disheveled apartment for weeks at a time, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Police said the animals were living in trash and their own feces with no food.

Hiro, a male bulldog, and Famous, a female mixed breed, both suffered injuries that caused bleeding, police said.

According to GPD, Benjamin knowingly did not provide for the dogs' well-being and the prolonged abuse caused emaciation and disease.  

Animal Control told police that one of the dogs was in critical condition and the other was in serious condition and will likely need to be euthanized. 

Code Enforcement was called in reference to the unlivable condition of the apartment, police said.

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A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.