Brunswick county woman arrested, cruelty to animal

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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.

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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.