HAYTI, MO (KAIT) - A Hayti man faces animal abuse charges after police found several pit bulls at his house, two of which needed immediate medical care.
According to a press release from CHS-PAWS in Hayti, the Pemiscot County prosecuting attorney charged Brian D. Garner with two counts of animal abuse.
This is not the first time Garner has been charged.
He was convicted of animal abuse two years ago in a case concerning a pit bull the humane society later named Skelly, according to the press release.
The two pit bulls are now receiving medical treatment from the humane society.
One of the dogs, named Arabella by the shelter, has wounds that a veterinarian said likely came from being dragged.
"Her back paws were rubbed to the bone and her nails are ground all the way down," Wilcox said. "She also has abrasions on her belly and chest consistent with dragging."
Wilcox said the wounds look like they went untreated for a long time and Arabella is now suffering from a major infection.
The second pit bull, now named Liberty, was found underweight and anemic from a flea and parasite infestation.
Wilcox said she is improving daily, though.
"We take animal abuse very seriously," Hayti Police Chief Paul Scheckell said. "We are committed to working these cases and presenting this for aggressive prosecution."
The shelter will continue to work with the dogs as they recover and then will be looking to find homes for them.
"We will be working to move them out of the region as we think that is the best call for their safety in their future life," Wilcox said.
Garner is scheduled to appear in Pemiscot County Circuit Court on June 30.
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