Jackson County prosecutors have charged a man and a woman with animal abuse after a dog was found malnourished and with deep neck wounds. They’re also accused of keeping the animal in filthy living conditions.
Andre Christopher Brown, 31, was charged with felony animal abuse by torture or mutilation and misdemeanor animal abuse. A co-defendant, Shalonda Robertson, also of Kansas City, 29, faces a misdemeanor animal abuse charge.
Kansas City animal control officers found and rescued the 3-year-old pit bull mix named King in January.
Prosecutors say that animal control officers found King in the backyard of a residence in the 1800 block of Kensington Avenue. King had deep wounds from a chain around his neck. The backyard where King was found was cluttered with debris and dried feces, according to the charges.
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King had chewed up what appeared to be pillows and blankets, which surrounded the dog. King was so emaciated the animal control officer could see the dog’s ribs, according to the charges.
A padlock prevented the animal control officer from removing the chain from King’s neck. A second animal control worker used bolt cutters to the remove the chain, the court filing said. When that occurred, King began seizing and shaking and was not responsive to touch or sound. King was unable to walk on his own, court records stated.
King was later taken to two animal clinics, including the KC Pet Project, where he was examined and treated for his injuries.
King weighed around 35 pounds when he was rescued in January. His normal body weight be almost 80 pounds, said Tori Fugate, a spokeswoman with the KC Pet Project.
King had corn cobs in his stomach, which indicated that he was fed scraps, if fed at all, Fugate said.
The veterinary team at the animal shelter gave King fluids and worked for hours to get his body temperature back up. King lived in a foster home for more than a month, then was returned to the agency’s main shelter, where trainers worked with him each day.
A new family adopted King about three weeks ago, Fugate said.