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Man indicted on two animal cruelty charges
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Ricky Carter Arrington

Friday, January 10, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Ferrum man was indicted Monday on two animal cruelty charges in connection with a dog with severe skin disease.

Ricky Carter Arrington, 48, was indicted on one count of depriving a companion animal of adequate care, treatment and needed veterinary care to prevent suffering and one count of depriving an animal of necessary food, drink, shelter or emergency veterinary treatment.

The female Pit Bull mix had to be euthanized because of her debilitated condition, according to Capt. Marvin Woods with Franklin County Animal Control.

The dog was severely emaciated and had an offensive odor, according to David Rolfe, D.V.M. The skin on the dog's hind legs was sloughing off because of a severe skin disease.

The dog also had multiple bite wounds and sores all over her torso and extremities, Rolfe said.

"In my 30 years as a veterinarian, this is the worst case of animal abuse and neglect that I have witnessed," Rolfe said. "Unfortunately, the only love and respect this dog received was to humanely end her suffering."

The dog was discovered lying on a couch on the front porch of Arrington's residence on Sawmill Road on Nov. 6, when Woods went to investigate a report of roofing shingles being dumped on the property, he said. The dog did not get off the couch, and Woods left the residence because no one was home.

When Woods returned on Dec. 20, the dog was in the same spot on the couch, he said. When the dog got up, Woods saw the condition of the animal and asked Arrington how long the dog had been there.

Arrington allegedly said the dog had been there for two and a half months, and that he had given her a shot of penicillin.

On the property, Woods found 13 other Pit Bulls, he said, all but four had dog tags.

The diseased animal was transported by Woods to the Franklin County Animal Hospital.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

(Editor's Note: Photos of the dog were too disturbing and graphic for publication.)

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