A couple in Iowa has been charged in an animal cruelty case involving a young dog who was starved to death. According to Tuesday’s QC Times, 27-year-old Troy Worby, and his wife, Reille, co-owned the two-and-a-half-year-old shepherd mix, dubbed “Hope,” who died not long after being abandoned in mid-February.
Hope was discovered abandoned by a dumpster outside of the Friends of the Animals shelter – aside from her obvious skeletal state, Hope’s body had urine burns and she was covered in feces. The condition of her body indicated that she had been confined in a small space for an extended period of time.
Hope was taken to a veterinary clinic by a Tipton Police Officer, but she died not long after her arrival. Troy Worby is charged with animal neglect causing death, as well as a charge for abandonment of an animal. His wife is facing a charge for animal neglect causing death.
After Hope died, a necropsy was performed on her body – the results confirmed that she died of starvation and dehydration. According to the QC Times, Troy Worby admitted that he frequently forgot to feed his dog.
(Tipton Police Dept. photo)
Adorable video – watch a little boy sing a lullaby to his dog (click here).