Two men have been arrested after a surrendered dog was discovered with two badly broken legs. According to WRAL News, Charlie, a hound, was surrendered by to the New Hanover County Animal Services facility last month by Keaton Alexander Messina Miller and Joshua Ryan – the men told the employees that the dog, who was adopted from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office’s Animal Services Unit, had a leg injury.
Charlie was taken for x-rays after staff discovered that he was unable to stand on his rear legs – the x-ray images revealed that the dog was suffering with two broken femurs and one leg had been torn from the hip. Charlie’s injuries were so severe that he was humanely euthanized.
After an investigation, it was determined that Charlie was “smacked” by Miller, who was angry that the dog had defecated on the floor, reported WECT News. Miller was charged with both felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty and Ryan, who is accused of failure to get the dog prompt veterinary attention, was charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.
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