In Newburgh Heights, Ohio, police aren’t buying the story from a woman who blames her young kids for letting a puppy starve to death by not feeding him. Jasmine Bryant, 28, was arrested on multiple felony animal cruelty charges on Saturday – one day after one of the dogs died.
According to Newburgh Heights Police Department, a five-month-old undernourished puppy named Brownie was at Bryant’s home when officers arrived. The pup struggled to walk and a body camera video worn by the officer showed the dog barely able to stand. Brownie was rushed to a veterinarian for emergency care, but died shortly after his arrival.
Another dog found in the backyard was also too skinny and had no food available. That pup, named Lucky has been taken to the Pepperidge Kennels where he is expected to make a full recovery.
Bryant claimed she works two jobs – sometimes up to 18-hours a day and depended on her two children to feed the dogs. The children aged six and ten years of age are obviously too young to be solely responsible for caring for dogs. Surely Bryant noticed how emaciated the pets looked. She is being charged under Goddard’s Law which increases the penalty for companion animal abuse from a misdemeanor to a felony.
(Photos via NHPD)
Bryant’s case has been bound over to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.
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