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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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15 Comments on "Brunswick county woman arrested, cruelty to animal"

2015 years 10 months ago

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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2015 years 10 months ago

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.

2015 years 10 months ago

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?

2015 years 10 months ago

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!!!!!!!!!

Guest Redneck Across the River
2015 years 10 months ago

I hope when this person ends up in Hell, the Devil will give her a shovel, because there is not a pit deep or hot enough for her or those like her.

2015 years 10 months ago


2015 years 10 months ago

could you please publish some current photos of the dogs owner?

2015 years 10 months ago

This woman needs to be punished in the same manner. Shame on her for treating this dog this way. She could have at least let it outside to fend for itself. It would have had a chance to get some kind of food and water.

2015 years 10 months ago

Any body that would do that to an animal should be charged with a felony. If someone did that to her she would be screaming for someone to help her. People like this should be confined to a prison cell for a least a year solitary confinement with nothing but bread and water see how it feels. Have no sympthy for a cruel person as she is. $5000.00fine and comunity service at the Brunswick County Animal Control center for 6 month. Dont let people like this get off with a slap on the wrist.
Thank you

2015 years 10 months ago

This is horrible! She should have the same treament as the poor dog!

2015 years 10 months ago

$1,000 bond for real ??? This woman needs to do some serious jail time as who leaves a sweet innocent animal in this condition …. I am so happy that it is in a better place now and will get the care that it needs and will be placed in a loving forever home where it will be cared for like all dog’s should….

Das Weibstück
2015 years 10 months ago

What a SICK DEMENTED WORTHLESS piece of trash this “woman” is !!! Anyone that can purposely do this to a defenceless dog needs to visit a psychologist, if she can harm an animal for personal pleasure she can also harm a human being. Did it not cross your mind that this dog was sitting there in that cage starving for weeks??? HOW DID you function knowing this ??? SICK !

2015 years 10 months ago

I couldn’t agree with you more.. She is a LIAR !!! !!Now everyone has your number Tara. They all know you for what you are. (TRASH)

You need to rot in HELL. There really is no words on how anyone could treat an animal like that….

She is a WORTHLESS piece of garbage…

If she couldn’t afford the dog bring it to the animal shelter.
She is garbage !!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Seeing the pictures of this poor animal just broke my heart. There is absolutely NO excuse for treating this poor dog this way. How could anyone do this? We need stronger laws to protect animals from this type of abuse.

I wish they could throw her in a jail with no food, no human contact, and no water. I hope they make her tape these pictures to the walls of her jail cell so she has to look at them every day and see what she did. This was heartless.

2015 years 10 months ago

This makes me so mad . Why are people so cruel


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