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Dog owner accused of torture faces judge

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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.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A woman accused of abusing a dog so badly its eyes had to be removed faced a judge for the first time Thursday. Investigators say Kimberly Anderson, 36, threw her dog, Roadrunner, off a third-floor balcony.

Anderson told the judge she couldn't afford an attorney. She was initially charged with a misdemeanor, but a felony charge of animal abuse was filed on Wednesday.

On her way to court Thursday morning, KCTV5's Emily Rittman asked Anderson to comment on the new, more serious charges filed against her. While covering her face, Anderson denied the allegation.

"I'm innocent," she told Rittman.

She and her fiancé maintain that Roadrunner was hit by a car.

Witnesses say on Nov. 9 Anderson threw her small brown dog off the third-floor balcony of an apartment complex and later picked up Roadrunner and slammed the dog to the ground, then choked him with a leash.

They say she left the injured dog outside.

The KC Pet Project is caring for Roadrunner. With the help of surgery and a foster family, the dog is greatly improving. To donate to Roadrunner's care, click here.

The judge set Anderson's bond at $10,000. When she is released, she has 24 hours to turn over her other dog named Pearl to animal control officials. She is also ordered not to have any contact with any animals.

Rittman spoke to Anderson's fiancé who says he is doing everything he can to hire a lawyer.

"What happened to Roadie was an accident," Darrell Doron said. "To have people accuse her of stuff like this is nonsense."

Anderson showed KCTV5 video of him and Anderson where they say Roadrunner was hit by a car. They pointed to what they claim was blood and hair left behind after Roadrunner was hit by the vehicle.

Experts say Roadrunner's injuries were the result of abuse, not being struck by a vehicle.

"We see a lot of dogs some through that are hit by cars. Not often do we see injuries like this as a result of being hit by a car," said Tori Fugate, a spokeswoman for the municipal animal shelter. "Justice is finally being served for him and the things that happened to him."

Roadrunner is settling into his new home. He is receiving water therapy to help him learn to walk with no eyes and a metal plate that was inserted to repair his fractured pelvis.

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