Veterinarians say the conditions little Nikki, a pit bull mix, came from were horrifying.
With no body fat, covered in fleas, covered in sores and her hind paw missing, deputies had no choice but to arrest the dog's owner. Genita Hedgepeth, 52, of the 3100 block of Avenue T, faces an animal cruelty charge.
“I'm just shocked that anybody would do such a thing to a precious dog,” said Lynch.
She gets around on her hind paw that’s now a stub. How it got that way and for how long she's been suffering is a mystery.
“Unfortunately, her leg will have to be amputated but that will stop the spread of the infection and relieve her of a lot of the distress,” said Lynch.
According to the arrest affidavit, Hedgepeth told investigators that she had gone to work on Monday and when she returned home later that day, the paw was suddenly missing. - yes, don't you come home and find your pets are missing limbs? All the time!!!
“I do hope whatever punishment she is facing that she receives the maximum amount,” said Lynch.
Officials say the dog will be ready for a forever home in a few months.
GENITA RENEE HEDGEPETH
Residence: 3109 AVENUE T, FORT PIERCE FL 34947
(WPTV - April 5, 2017)