BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WMBF)- Officers with Brunswick County Sheriff's Animal Protective Services arrested a Leland woman for cruelty to animals after rescuing an Australian/Shepherd mix that was found severely dehydrated and malnourished.
The animal was discovered by a real estate agent who was getting the locks changed on a home under foreclosure. The dog was in a wire crate, in a deeply malnourished state, so much that it could not move its back legs.
Animal Protective Services Officer Cpl. Teri Ferguson launched an investigation and discovered 35-year-old Tara Johnson had abandoned the animal, and she was taken into custody without incident. Johnson was charged Tuesday with one count of cruelty to animals, for intentionally depriving the dog of nourishment, and one count of abandonment of an animal.
Johnson is currently detained in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond.
The staff at Animal Services has named the dog "Springer" and he is on the road to recovery. Animal specialists say he is gaining weight and starting to become healthier. Lt. Tommy Tolley says "he is full of life and recovering wonderfully but has a long road ahead."