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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One woman is in jail after an Austrailian/Shepherd mixed canine was found abandoned in a foreclosed home. The dog was found in a wire crate and was severely dehydrated and malnourished. He was also unable to move his back legs.

After an investigation by the Brunswick County Animal Services Unit, a warrant was issued for Tara Johnson, 35, of Leland. Johnson was taken into custody without incident and was charged today for the incident that happened in February.

John was charged with one count of cruelty to animals, namely intentionally depriving the animal of sustenance and one count of abandonment of an animal.

She is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond.

The dog, whom has been named “Springer” by the staff and animal specialists at Animal Services, is gaining weight and recovering.

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  • cgenovese

    This women is Disgusting..
    She should be treated the same way and I can only hope that happens in Jail… I hear it’s no picnic to go to jail and I hope that is true for her….
    I have two Australian Shepard’s that live like kings and that is how it should be…
    I guess I shouldn’t be so high on this as we have people treating kids just as bad…
    WHAT is WRONG with our world????? It’s going down quick and fast..
    Wake up PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

  • Outraged

    This woman is despicable. I’m fairly certain that she has a child in elementary school. I can only imagine what goes on in that household with this poor excuse for a human being. Maybe child protective services needs to investigate. If a person could treat an animal so cruelly, should they really have the right to raise a child?

  • Guest sem

    She could have let the animal loose. Those around her including me would have fed and watered it. Animal control would have gotten the dog if it was loose but atleast it would have been feed and watered. Plus there was very little danger of it getting hit since we live in cul-de sac and very little traffic. She should be done the same way. Makes you wonder how she treated her daughter.It is a shame.They should set her bail higher.And if her house was in forecloser why had she not taken her furniture and cars with her. Everything was left.And why did she not take the dog?They need to set bond higher and press more charges. She is just a sorry excuse of a human being.Nothing but TRASH.I feel sorry for her daughter,hope she doesnt see pictures of her pet.It is just so sad, Hope she does not get out of jail.

  • Guest3130

    Her picture is on the StarNews MugShots.
    Unbelievable, why didn’t she just let the dog GO, rather than cage it somewhere that no one would find? I just shivered when I saw this.

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