Two charged in abuse of emaciated dog in Kansas City - KCTV5

Two charged in abuse of emaciated dog in Kansas City

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Two Kansas City residents have been charged with felony and misdemeanor animal abuse in connection with an injured dog known as "King," rescued by animal control officers in January. (KC Pet Project) Two Kansas City residents have been charged with felony and misdemeanor animal abuse in connection with an injured dog known as "King," rescued by animal control officers in January. (KC Pet Project)
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Two people have been charged in the abuse of a Kansas City dog, just weeks after he was adopted into a new home.

Andre Brown faces felony charges of animal abuse by torture and/or mutilation. His cousin, Shalonda Roberston, faces a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse.

KCTV5 News first told you this story in January when police were called to 18th Street and Kensington Avenue about an abused dog.

According to newly release court documents, police had to retrieve bolt cutters to remove the chain that was tied around King’s neck, once it was removed he began seizing and shaking and “not responsive to touch or sound.”

King was brought to KC Pet Project where he would stay for several months to be nursed back to health.

“He had been starving, he was rail thin, his body temperature was very low,” recalled KC Pet Project spokeswoman Tori Fugate. "Our vet team worked very, very hard for hours to get fluids into his system. To try to get his temperature back up, we had him under warming blankets.”

Fugate says it’s a problem they see on a daily basis, though King’s case was “one of the worst cases” they had seen.

“Unfortunately this is something we see all too often at the shelter. On average we get around 30-40 animals a day and around 4 to 5 of those animals require significant medical treatment,” said Fugate. “Often times, it's because they've suffered at the hands of someone--their owner, someone who just didn't pay attention to them, whatever the situation may be.”

Fugate says King’s recovery has been wonderful to see, just three weeks ago, he was adopted into a new home. She says it’s due to the teamwork of so many others that King was able to survive, but the first call, was the most important.

“We're very grateful that someone saw King and saw the condition that he was in, the living situation, and brought him and that he was brought to us,” she said. “He almost didn't make it and if it had been even just a couple more days…he may have died just lying there suffering.”

KC Pet Project says if you would like to help with animals that need medical attention, you can donate to the Road Runner Project.

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