Owner charged with felony cruelty: Tragic update for starving dog ‘Finney’

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In Cook County, Georgia, the dog dubbed “Finney” who was discovered severely malnourished at a home where deputies apprehended fugitive murder and robbery suspect, Caleb Day, died on Monday afternoon. Veterinarians worked for days trying their best to save the dog, but his physical condition had deteriorated too much for him to survive.

“We are simply heartbroken to have to post, our Finney has lost his battle,” posted the  Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County “We got the call he was declining and we were rushing to be with him, but he passed away about five minutes before we got there. He was surrounded by the vets and staff. His little body had endured too much before we got him and despite how hard he tried; it just simply gave out.

To our Finney, you will forever be part of our hearts. You mattered to so many. We will continue to fight for you. We love you Finney. We will see you again one day at the bridge.

We will be sending Finney for an autopsy. We want any and every charge to stick that possibly can.

To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. We do apologize in advance if we are a little slow in responding. When you give everything and it still isn’t good enough, really takes it out of you.”

Charges against Finney’s owner have been upgraded to two felony animal cruelty charges. Ashley Hernandez, 31, was arrested on Monday at her home located on Gallie Lissimore Road. She originally faced misdemeanor charges until Finney died. On Monday afternoon, she was taken to the Cook County Jail and awaits her first court appearance.

Rest in peace Finney. We hope you find justice. If found guilty of two felony animal cruelty counts, Hernandez could face up to five years in prison.

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7 replies
  1. Betty says:

    Rest in Peace Finney
    I hope they slam the book one that bitch of a so called owner
    She fail you so many ways.So Sorry you had to go through that

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    IT is HEART WRENCHING!!! This PUTRID Less and a HUMING BEING needs to be Charged , Prosecuted , had ACTUALLY HELD ACCOUNTABLE For THIS HORRIFIC Case of Abuse!!! What a Total Narcissistic, Amoral, Evil Woman… I am amazed that Georgia HAS FINALLY TAKEN a STANCE against The TORTURE the Companion Anima’s in YOUR STATE have been suffering for LONG TIME!!! THANK you Who Helped try to save Finney !!!

  3. Adrienne says:

    Keep this cretin of a woman in jail for the rest of her life so she can remember why she is there. Murdered an innocent animal who depended on her for care and she did nothing for Finny. She certainly ate, so she couldn’t give water or food to Finney? How long did she leave this poor baby without food or water for his collar to be so loose around his neck as well as the overall appearance of his emaciated body. No food or water for her for several months.That should be her punishment for what she did to Finny – feel the daily pain he felt every day.

  4. Deloris Jones says:

    Anyone that hurts a defenceless pup is a crack in our huminity! Why why why. Dogs love with all their heart & soul, if you are loved that much how could you be cruel to him/ her.
    You are the lowest form of humanity,

  5. Julie Enos says:

    This poor dog had to be on so much pain his body literally eaten away and no doubt he died of thirst. If people don’t want there animals or can’t get them to a vet when they are ill then take them to a reputable rescue league. If they are afraid of looking like a creep by admitting they don’t want the dog anymore then lie for Gods sake and say they found the dog on the side of the road. At least then the poor animal will be going to a safe place. I have said it before and I will say it again “Yes people there really are Monsters”

  6. Denise Moore says:

    So Long Finney, may the man rot in hell that let this happen to you. Thank you to all that tried so hard to save his life


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