Jacqueline Carraway, who is a city employee from Middletown, turned herself into police on March 20 after her dog was found starving and barely alive.
A few months ago when Channing arrived at the Portland Animal Shelter, he was nearly starved to death.
"Every bone in his body was visible," Middletown Police Lt. Heather Desmond said. "You could see the outline of every single rib, vertebrae, shoulder blade."
|Carraway's dog, under the care of the shelter, has recovered|
Police charged her with cruelty to animals, having an unlicensed dog and failure to vaccinate a dog.
Caraway works with the city's youth services bureau and her status with the city remains unclear.
“Whenever there is an issue like this with a city employee, the city will evaluate them on a case by case basis. She is innocent until proven guilty," Middletown Mayor Daniel T. Drew said.
Eyewitness News knocked on Carraway's door to try to hear her side of the story, but no one answered.
As for Channing, animal control officers spent countless hours nursing him back to health.
"Channing has been recovering nicely with an IV at first, gaining 6 pounds overnight," Desmond said.
He has been given a clean bill of health and is now looking for his new "forever home."
"He loves everybody. He loves all kinds of people," Middletown Animal Control Officer Gail Petras said. "He's just a silly, sweet dog."
Channing will be up for adoption on Saturday. There will be a special adoption event from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at Jackson Chevrolet in Middletown.
For more information, people can visit the Middletown Animal Control department's Facebook page here.
(WFSB - April 24, 2015)