JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A woman who claimed she "had a lot of things going on in her life" was cited with animal cruelty after police say they found her dog covered in fur mats.
On Tuesday, March 13, an animal control officer responded to a call of dogs running loose in the 1800-block of Westwood.
Officer Beth Grant spoke with the complainant who had placed the dogs—a lab-terrier mix puppy and a Shih Tzu—in his backyard for safekeeping.
According to Grant's incident report, the Shih Tzu was "heavily matted and appeared to have been neglected for quite some time."
She transported both dogs to Jonesboro Animal Control.
"Upon further inspection of the Shih Tzu we could see that the mats in the fur were so tight that they were pulling on the skin and potentially causing quite a bit of pain," Grant stated. "Also, the dog had feces in the fur [and] was unable to urinate without it soaking the matted fur."
The kennel master contacted a groomer immediately who "worked on the dog for quite some time" before stopping because the animal was "becoming too stressed and was experiencing pain from being so severely matted."
The groomer later tranquilized the animal to lessen the stress and pain, Grant stated in her report.
On Friday, 35-year-old Candy Jones, came to JAC to pick up her two dogs.
When she arrived, Officer Grant informed her that she would be cited for cruelty, dog at large, and no state rabies tags.
Grant offered Jones the option to surrender the animals after Jones told her "she had a lot of things going on in her life and had been unable to properly care for the dogs."
Jones reportedly asked for the weekend to consider her options.
On Monday, March 19, Jones returned to JAC and reclaimed the dogs.
Grant cited Jones with one count of cruelty to animals and two counts each of dogs running loose and no rabies tag.