Woman accused of moving and leaving puppy behind

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-- A Jonesboro woman was cited with cruelty to animals after police say she packed up and moved to a new neighborhood, leaving her puppy behind.

Officer Jeff Moore of Jonesboro Animal Control stated he was traveling in the 600-block of Word Street last Tuesday afternoon when he spotted a dog climb onto a porch.

Moore stopped to investigate and found an "emaciated and flea-covered" pit bull puppy.

Neighbors told Moore the dog had been living at the house, but the owners were no longer staying there.

Two days later Moore was able to make contact with the home's former resident, Chavelia Joyner, who reportedly said she was now living in the 200-block of East Street.

The 21-year-old woman said the dog had been hers, but she was unable to care for it.  So she "put it out," the report stated.

According to the report, Joyner claimed someone "told her that if the dog was not registered to her that she could just let it go into the street."

Joyner was cited for cruelty to animals, dog at large, and no proof of state rabies vaccination.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.