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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