On November 10, the Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Christa L. Hughes for Cruelty to Animals.
The situation was brought to the attention of the prosecutor’s office by an employee of the Hancock County Animal Shelter.
The complaint alleges that on November 2, Weirton Animal Control took custody of a two-year-old lab owned by Hughes after a report was made to Weirton Code Enforcement and animal control by a concerned citizen.
Hughes allegedly claimed sickness caused the dog to be underweight. However, a subsequent examination by a local veterinarian revealed no signs of obvious sickness, other than a lack of food and dehydration.
The dog has been signed over to the Hancock County Shelter and is in a foster care placement and has gained approximately 14 pounds since it was taken into care.
(Your Ohio Valley - Nov 11, 2016)