Woman charged after abandoned, malnourished dog found

akelley@thesunnews.comMarch 5, 2013 

— A woman is facing charges in Brunswick County after a realtor found an abandoned dog in a foreclosed home, said Emily Flax, spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office.

Tara Johnson, 35, of Leland was charged Tuesday with cruelty to animals and abandonment of an animal, and is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on $1,000 bail.

A real estate agent found the dog in a wire crate on Feb. 22 while changing the locks to a foreclosed home. The dog, named Springer by animal services staff, was severely dehydrated, malnourished and unable to move his hind legs, Flax said.

Springer has been recovering since he was found and is gaining weight under the care of the animal services team.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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