Belleview woman charged with animal cruelty, abandonment takes plea deal

MARION COUNTY, Fla.
A woman from Belleview accused of abandoning 12 animals, which led to 3 of their deaths, has pleaded guilty to two counts of animal abandonment.

County commissioners say it's even more important now to get an animal abuse registry installed throughout the entire county.

20-year-old Angelina Daniel was arrested back in June accused of abandoning 12 animals in her mother’s home, which eventually led to the deaths of three of them.

Sgt. Jody Backlund said, "She knows why she’s getting arrested. She has warrants."

On Monday, she took the state attorney's plea deal, accepting responsibility for two counts of animal abandonment in exchange for the other charges being dropped.

As part of the deal, she was released with time served of just over five months in the Marion County Jail.

I reached out to Belleview Police about Daniel's release and in a statement, they told me in part, that they, "Will continue to monitor anyone involved in the mistreatment of animals. And that they take each case seriously because animals are an extension of our families."

Marion County has recently taken steps to combat animal cruelty cases, calling for an animal abuser registry.

David Moore said, "Those who abuse animals have a propensity to abuse people."

Daniel would have been the first Belleview resident to be listed on the recently installed animal abuser registry, but the city has not yet adopted the "molly's law ordinance" which collects the names and addresses of the abusers to make sure they can never own an animal again in the county.

But commissioners say that could change soon.

David Moore said, "So far the city of Ocala, Dunnellon and the city of Macintosh have all signed on.

Belleview city council is voting Tuesday night while the city of Reddick will vote later on the proposed law.

Moore says he hopes other counties will follow suit and get on board with the animal abuser registry.

David Moore said, "All animals are living beings and they should be treated as such."