A 27-year-old Florida woman accused of abusing three dogs is now facing animal cruelty charges, deputies said.
Ashley Howard was caring for Khaleesi, a brown Catahoula leopard dog, for five months before allegedly abandoning her on a street in Lehigh Acres, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said.
When deputies went to Howard’s home, they found two other dogs that were in poor health. A third dog was also found in the home, but appeared to be perfectly healthy, deputies said.
The third dog was owned by Charles Koons, who also faces animal cruelty charges. Although his dog was in good health, he was aware that Howard abandoned Khaleesi and that the two other dogs were in poor condition, deputies said.
Khaleesi was taken in by volunteers at Mutty Paws Rescue. After spending several weeks in a dog ICU in Palm Beach County, she’s now showing signs of improvement.
A foster family is taking care of Khaleesi until she is ready to be adopted. She is fed and monitored in their care.