NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – The New Castle City Police Department has filed felony criminal charges against a woman they say starved her 10-week-old puppy.
Karrington Dukes, 19, of New Castle, is charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, cruelty to an animal, three counts of neglect of an animal and abandonment of animals by owner.
Police found the abandoned puppy in an apartment with no food. They said the puppy had been there for an extended period of time and was so malnourished, she couldn’t hold her head up.
Police Chief Robert Salem said the puppy “was all bones.”
“Didn’t have the energy to even stand up or anything.”
The puppy was discovered as they were investigating a reported burglary. Investigators say Dukes left the puppy closed in a bedroom inside her vacant apartment.
Officers took the puppy with them to the police department, and gave her food and water until humane agents showed up.
“The dog needed IVs and a lot of work,” Salem said.
Humane agents said the puppy had burns on her stomach that looked like they came from a cigarette, according to a police report.
Police said the puppy also had to be treated for dehydration, worms and anemia.
Through their investigation, officers found Dukes had tried to get rid of the puppy as early as January 10 through a post on Facebook.
Police claim Dukes had lived in the apartment and had talked to neighbors about getting a new puppy. Officers then discovered the Facebook post, in which Dukes asked “who wanted a puppy,” according to police. Police said a photo of the puppy appeared to match the one that she left in her apartment.
“On January 12, I believe, she stated that she didn’t have the dog any longer and she moved out of that apartment. There was food bowls there, so we believe she left food there when she left and never went back.”
Dukes is expected to turn herself in on an active warrant.
“[Aggravated cruelty to animals is] a brand new charge that just came into effect in 2017. It’s the first time we filed it,” Salem said.
The puppy was taken to the Lawrence County Humane Society last week for veterinary care.
The humane society named her Miranda. She’s living in a foster home now and has gained almost three pounds since coming into their care.