A Hulbert Field, Florida, airman is facing animal cruelty charges for starving his roommate’s dog to the brink of death. As reported by NWF Daily News, 23-year-old Anthony Matthew Ward had agreed to care for his deployed roommate’s pit bull, Hercules, but instead, he starved the pup so badly that Hercules had to be euthanized.
The cruel situation was brought to light after an emergency veterinary clinic advised the Okaloosa County’s Panhandle Animal Welfare Society that a malnourished dog had been brought in and had to be put down. Two days later, the animal welfare agency received a report from a woman who stated that she had given Ward a puppy in February and recently learned that the dog was so weak that it could no longer stand.
The second dog, an eight-month-old pup named Roscoe, was rescued – at the time he weighed just 27 pounds. Since leaving Ward’s “care,” the dog has recuperated and now weighs a healthy 60 pounds.
Ward’s treatment of the dogs has resulted in one felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty and one misdemeanor charge for cruelty to animals. He could face up to five years in prison if he is found guilty of the felony cruelty charge, and an additional year for the misdemeanor.
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