Woman cited for animal cruelty, dogs on road to recovery

Woman cited for animal cruelty, dogs on road to recovery
(Source: KAIT)

A couple of rescued dogs in Jonesboro are on the road to recovery after being picked up by Jonesboro Animal Control.

According to a Jonesboro Police Department incident report, a Jonesboro Animal Control Officer was dispatched to Duncan Road in mid-November for a report of five dogs running at large.

"I went and picked them up and all five of them were extremely emaciated," Jonesboro Animal Control Officer David Cooley said. "You could count ribs on all of them, vertebrae, hip bones. It was just a really bad shape for all five dogs."

According to Animal Control, three of the dogs were in such horrible shape they had to be put down.

However, since posting the two other dog's stories on their Facebook page, they've been able to put a considerable amount of weight back on both of the dogs and find one of the dogs a foster family.

"The dogs ranged anywhere between 15-35 below what their ideal weight should be for their breed," Officer Cooley explained.

Though a foster family did take the white pit bull in, the second dog is still at Animal Control.

"This one was only about 15 pounds underweight," Officer Cooley said. "He's doing really good here. We're hoping to get him up for adoption soon so he can get into a forever home."

Though the dog will be put up for adoption once it reaches an ideal weight, Officer Cooley said they are still looking for someone to foster the dog in the meantime to give it one-on-one care.

"It's been phenomenal. What the city of Jonesboro and the surrounding community is willing to do for their animals and it definitely makes everything that we do worth it up here at Animal Control," Officer Cooley said.

According to the JPD incident report, Animal Control was able to make contact with the owner of the dogs.

Christy Hinton told Animal Control that she used to live on Duncan Road but hadn't been able to care for the dogs because her parents had been diagnosed with terminal illnesses.

"Ms. Hinton stated it had been about one and a half months since she had lived with the dogs," the report states. "She said she thought she had found them new owners but they never came to get the dogs."

Hinton later surrendered the dogs to Animal Control.

However, she was also cited for five counts of cruelty to animals.

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