Owner who starved her dog with football sized tumor denies cruelty charges

In Henrico, Virginia, an emaciated dog with a football sized tumor had to be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. And now the brown and white dog’s owner faces animal cruelty charges; Orquidea Margarita Tyndall, however denies the charges.

It was on July 10, when local authorities responded to a home on Corvair Lane in reference to a report of a sick dog. When police arrived, they saw the friendly dog with the immense tumor hanging from her chest and stomach. The dog was missing fur on her hindquarters, her rib and hind bones were prominent and the growth nearly dragged the ground. In addition her nails had been so overgrown causing her pain when she walked.

According to AbcNews, neighbors felt so sorry for the dog named Diamond and had tried to feed her, but all she would do was to drink water. Neighbor Allison Crowell took photos of the heartbreaking situation and posted the disturbing photos on her Facebook page asking for help for the dog. Accompanying the photos, Allison wrote:

“I know this is going to be graphic, and I’m sorry however this needs to be shared! Please share this so something can be done. My neighbor across the street has been complaining about a slum lord rental beside her and the tenants that are there. Police have been there multiple times, they fight in the street and the grass was 4ft tall. Well I guess they got the notice about the grass because when they mowed it she saw what she did not know was in their backyard. This is animal abuse and disgusting, they live at 1819 Convair Lane henrico va 23228. The animal control officer Hawkins was rude and seem inconvenienced and I even called henrico county animal control to check on the dog to see if it lived or died and she would give me no information on the welfare of this dog!!! I also asked would charges be pressed she would not answer that. They left a note on the door and left the house. Their is a strong odor coming from the house so who knows what is going on in there or how many other animals are there. Where are the officials when needed?”

As to Diamond’s owner, Tyndall insists she didn’t neglect her dog. She told authorities she had the dog for 14 years and even though she knew her dog had health issues, she was not able to afford to take her to a vet.

“She was a very elderly dog. She was a very sick dog as well, but I was trying to save up money so I could get her fixed. I’ve had her since she was a puppy,” Tyndall told reporters.

Tyndall is scheduled to appear in court in October. Neighbors in the community want her held accountable.

(Photos of Diamond with football sized tumor via Facebook Allison Crowell)

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15 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    At least she lives in a great place where she’s very likely to be punished, although the attitude of the ACO left a lot to be desired (they can be found everywhere, unfortunately). She’s near Richmond, so she should see some jail time (though not enough) and they should base it on the law, which is tough on animal abuse. BITCH!!!

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  2. Adrienne says:

    I wonder if this thing ever cared about her dog? I can understand not having the money to pay for whatever work needed to be done, so why didn’t she take the dog to the vets when all this started or even a shelter that might have been able to provide the care she needed. She might as well have stabbed this dog in the heart, because to allow an animal to become like this is close to murder. People need to know if they can’t financially no longer take care of their pet, there are other facilities who would. Jail time for this thing.

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    • Darla says:

      I’ll bet the owner had money for her smartphone or cigarettes or booze. Also, it’s probably very likely that the tumor didn’t get to be that size overnight. She could have taken Diamond to the vet earlier OR started saving money earlier. In the end, it’s the dog who pays the price. RIP Diamond. I’m sorry your owner failed you.

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  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    Why would anyone think this POS owner should be charged with cruelty charges? (sarcasm) She allowed this dog to get a tumor this big, become skin and bones. Orquidea Margarita Tyndall deserves to rot in hell for allowing her dog to get in this horrendous condition!

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  4. Bunny Peters says:

    SMH: stupid POS owner……… you take care of the problem when you first notice something wrong, and it’s a quick, easy fix……. totally cruel to ignore your furbaby to this extent……..

    RIP precious furbaby, sorry you were failed by your human……. That pathetic POS will burn in Hell forever for her cruelty…….

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  5. Kathleen Drude says:

    This is just one more case of a human failing to take care of the pet they were supposed to love! This is a case that cries out for justice for this dog! She suffered because of stupidity these people must never be allowed to have another animal!

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  6. Pamela D'Angio says:

    I HOPE THIS POS BITCH READS THIS. I WISH THE BITCH WOULD GET A TUMOR THIS BIG AND DRAG IT AROUND IN PAIN YOU LOW LIFE SUB HUMAN. WHAT A DISGUSTING BITCH LIVING ON THIS EARTH AND I WISH HER DAY WOULD COME SOON. IF YOU CAN STAND LOOKING AT THIS POOR DOG AND THINK NOTHING OF IT SHE IS A WASTE AND HOPE CANCER GETS INTO HER BODY AND SLOWLY ROTS HER. I WANT TO BUST THIS BITCH IN THE MOUTH AND BEAT THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF HER FOR ALLOWING THIS DOG LIVE IN PAIN. WHAT A HEARTLESS WASTED SUBHUMAN WHO DESERVES TO ROT AND DIE.

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  7. Cynthia Como says:

    She denied the charges??? Unbelievable! Talk about cold hearted,ignorant and unforgivable! Even in the face of undeniable proof she is denying the abuse! It doesn’t take money to keep a dogs nails cut! AND GUES WHAT!!!!! HERES A NOVEL IDEA……IF U CANT AFFORD TO PROPERLY TAKE CARE OF A DOG THEN DONT HAVE A DOG,DAMN IT!!!!!!! WHAT A SELFISH,STUPID,SELF CENTERED ASSHOLE ANIMAL ABUSER! I would feel so much better if this jerk was going to be punished but we all know that is very unlikely! WAKE UP JUDGES!!! WE DO NOT WANT THESE CRUEL ASSHOLES IN OUR COMMUNITIES!!!! RIP DIAMOND. SO SORRY YOU HAD TO SUFFER!

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  8. Pamela Bolton says:

    If this isn’t cruelty WHAT IS?? People like Hawkins need fired and charged with neglect them self. She seemed “put out” for having to check on the dog.

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