A Florida woman was jailed on accusations she failed to provide veterinary care for her dog, leading the canine to suffer from skin, eye and teeth diseases.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Patrick Martin arrested 43-year-old Tonya Kay Hartley on Jan. 9 under a third-degree felony charge of animal cruelty.
According to Hartley’s arrest report, obtained, the Citrus County Animal Shelter in Inverness contacted the sheriff’s office Jan. 5 to investigate a stray dog that was dropped off with suspicious injuries.
Terry Funderburk, a sheriff’s office animal control officer, responded to the East Joy Lane address of the man who dropped off the dog.
Funderburk met with Hartley, who said the dog, a terrier mix named Jax, belonged to her. Hartley told Funderburk she’s had Jax since he was 5 weeks old, adding she’s never taken the dog to a vet, according to her arrest report.
Martin went to the animal shelter to meet with a veterinarian and document Jax’ injuries, which, the vet told the deputy, was caused by a few months of neglect.
According to Hartley’s arrest report, infections caused Jax to lose fur across his body and his paws to split and bleed. He also struggled to walk because of malnourishment.
When Martin met with her, Hartley told the deputy in a Mirandized statement she started bandaging Jax’ paws a couple months ago after she noticed the infection a year ago, according to her arrest report.
Hartley said she looked online to find help because she didn’t know what to do.
Hartley was booked into the county jail with a $2,000 bond, and she was released after posting bail, court records show.