|One dog euthanized, one responding to treatment|
“Mindy,” a young shepherd/collie mix, is responding to treatment for severe mange after being surrendered to the Franklin County Humane Society.
Monday, October 14, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Hardy woman was indicted Monday by a Franklin County grand jury on four counts of animal cruelty.
Jennifer Ann Butler, 42, was indicted on two counts of failing to provide needed veterinary care for a companion canine and two counts of ill treating or abandoning a companion canine.
On Aug. 9, Franklin County Animal Control was contacted by a man who found a partially paralyzed dog near a creek in Hardy, according to Capt. Marvin Woods.
Cindy Brooks with animal control transported the lab/retriever mix, called "T-Bone," to the Franklin County Animal Hospital, Woods said, where he was examined by Dr. David Roth.
The veterinarian discovered two large masses (tumors) on the dog's left leg and right elbow, Woods said. The dog had no function in his rear legs.
The dog was also covered in maggots and fly eggs, Woods added.
The dog had to be euthanized because of his debilitated condition, Woods said.
The dog's old tag led to Butler, who was contacted by Brooks to inform her of the dog's fate, Woods said. Butler allegedly told Brooks she knew of the dog's condition and thought he had wandered off the die.
On Sept. 6, Brooks and Woods visited Butler's residence with photos to confirm the identity of the dog, Woods said. While there, the animal control officers learned that Butler had taken three more dogs to the Franklin County Humane Society, where one of the dogs was examined by Dr. Mary Beth Chaconas.
The veterinarian diagnosed "Mindy," a 2-year-old shepherd/collie mix, with mange due to an extreme loss of hair on her body, Woods said. The vet noticed the animal's skin was thickened and covered in scabs and wounds from the dog's scratching and biting.
Chaconas also noted that the dog's skin had an odor consistent with a secondary bacterial infection, Woods said. And the dog was underweight with ribs clearly visible.
Mindy is responding well to treatment, Woods said.
The other two dogs were taken to the animal shelter, but their conditions were not as severe as the other two.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.