Woman accused in disturbing dog killing found dead in jail cell

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NOKOMIS, Fla. (WFLA) — A Nokomis woman accused in the disturbing killing of a 7-pound dog was found dead in her jail cell on Tuesday. Authorities believe she committed suicide.

Judy Lamb, age 56, was one of three people arrested on Monday, July 4 in connection with the strangling death of a Pomeranian.

On June 27, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a call about a disturbance at 112 North River Rd. Judy Lamb and Eddie Roden were reported to have mishandled a 7-pound Pomeranian while its owner was sleeping. According to a witness, Lamb was seen carrying the dog by its neck and Roden was seen carrying it by its tail.

When deputies entered the home, they found the dog named “Georgie” deceased.  When questioned, deputies say Lamb admitted to unsuccessfully strangling the dog before Mona Gehman stepped in to “finish the job”.  Roden also allegedly admitted to playing a part in Georgie’s death by tying a shoestring around its neck.

A necropsy of the dog determined it died as a result of trauma to its head and abdomen.

All three were arrested on July 4 and charged with animal cruelty.

Lamb was found unresponsive in her jail cell at 6:08 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Personnel administered CPR before she was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and later pronounced dead. She is believed to have committed suicide.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating her death.

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