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The former owner of an abused dog left blind has been charged with felony animal abuse.  Kimberly Anderson, 36, previously was charged with a misdemeanor. Angry residents had pushed for the charge to be upgraded. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5 News) The former owner of an abused dog left blind has been charged with felony animal abuse. Kimberly Anderson, 36, previously was charged with a misdemeanor. Angry residents had pushed for the charge to be upgraded. (Emily Rittman/KCTV5 News)
Anderson, who goes by Kim Bond, previously has denied abusing Roadrunner, telling KCTV5 that he ran into the road and was hit by a vehicle. She also maintained that to police officers, but prosecutors aren't buying her story. Anderson, who goes by Kim Bond, previously has denied abusing Roadrunner, telling KCTV5 that he ran into the road and was hit by a vehicle. She also maintained that to police officers, but prosecutors aren't buying her story.
According to court records, multiple witnesses told authorities that they saw Anderson abuse the brown Tibetan Spaniel. According to court records, multiple witnesses told authorities that they saw Anderson abuse the brown Tibetan Spaniel.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The former owner of an abused dog left blind has been charged with felony animal abuse.

Kimberly Anderson, 36, previously was charged with a misdemeanor. Angry residents had pushed for the charge to be upgraded.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Wednesday afternoon that Anderson was charged with animal abuse, a class D felony, and animal abandonment, a class C misdemeanor.

Anderson, who goes by Kim Bond, appeared for the first time in a Jackson County courtroom Thursday. 

When KCTV5's Emily Rittman asked her what she had to say about the new charges, she said, "I'm innocent," while covering her face.

Anderson previously has denied abusing Roadrunner, telling KCTV5 that he ran into the road and was hit by a vehicle. She also maintained that to police officers, but prosecutors aren't buying her story.

According to court records, multiple witnesses told authorities that they saw Anderson abuse the brown Tibetan Spaniel.

"Acts of violence against a defenseless creature should be met with serious consequences," Baker said in a news release.

Baker thanked the staff at the KC Pet Project and others who have helped Roadrunner, who is getting therapy and is now living with a foster family. 

A vet removed Roadrunner's eyes when he was initially treated.Police were dispatched to Anderson's home in the 1200 block of Independence Avenue on Nov. 9. 

Witnesses described seeing Anderson toss the dog off a third-floor balcony, seeing her slam the dog against concrete, choke Roadrunner with a leash and kick him.

Prosecutors are seeking a $20,000 bond and that a judge order Anderson to have no contact with any animals. 

Anderson still has another dog in her care and Baker is asking a judge to order that Anderson turn that dog and any others in her care over to animal control.

To donate to Roadrunner's care, click here.

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