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One Dog Dead & Another Recovering, Franklin County Woman Indicted for Animal Cruelty

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Franklin County Animal Control officers show us 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.

"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 waist down.

Franklin County Public Safety 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," Woods says.

Woods and Brooks tracked 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, a skin disease caused by parasitic mites, 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 Woods says he is happy Mindy is in better condition, he says this isn't an isolated case.

"It is a problem and we are seeing more and more of it," 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.