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One dog dead & another recovering, Franklin Co. woman indicted for animal cruelty

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UPDATE--- Franklin County Animal Control officers show WSLS heart breaking photos of T-Bone. T-Bone is a senior, yellow lab, who was left to die near a creek in Hardy. He was covered in maggots, flies, and mud, F

"It was obvious he was suffering and I did shed a few tears because it was very sad," Franklin County adoption specialist Cindy Brooks says.

T-Bone had two large tumors on his legs, which left him paralyzed from the waste down.

Captain Marvin Woods says the veterinarian had to put him down because he was in so much pain.

"There's no reason in the world to leave an animal to suffer like that, no cause for it," Franklin County Public Safety Captain Marvin Woods.

Captain Woods and Brooks did track down T-Bone's owner. The owner, 42-year-old Jennifer Butler from Hardy, has been indicted on four counts of animal cruelty.

The Franklin County Humane Society says Butler brought another dog named Mindy in because she couldn't financially take care of her. They said Mindy was covered in mange and had lost much of her hair.

After two months of care from the humane society, Mindy is doing much better. She's warmed up to other people and other dogs. She's also now available for adoption!

Although, Captain Woods is happy Mindy is in better condition, he says this isn't an isolated case.

He continues to see more and more animals in terrible condition around the county.

"It is a problem and we are seeing more and more of it," Captain Woods says. "If the economy keeps on a downslide, it's harder for people to take care of their animals."

The Franklin County Humane Society says they have several low-cost wellness services for animal owners who may need more help caring for their dogs.


Mindy was first brought into the Franklin County Humane Society about two months ago. She had severe mange covering her body. It's a skin disease caused by parasitic mites.

Animal Control says she must have been in a lot of pain. Her owner, Jennifer Butler, 42, was indicted on two counts of failing to provide needed veterinary care for a companion canine and two counts of I'll treating or abandoning a companion canine.

The those charges also stem from another dog, T Bone, who was found barely moving near a creek on Hardy Road. The dog had two large tumors and paralyzed from the waist down.

Captain Marvin Woods says there's no excuse for animal neglect. He says if you can't care for your pet there's plenty of options. The Franklin County Humane Society offers a number of discounted services.

Mindy is doing much better today. She's interacting more with other dogs and people and is ready to be adopted by a loving family.