‘Every single toe was broken’ – Stratford woman faces animal cruelty charge for allegedly neglecting dog
A Stratford woman accused of severely neglecting her dog is
facing animal cruelty charges.
Animal Control Supervisor Rachel Solveira was called about
Sergio, a silky terrier, earlier this week after a neighbor saw the dog in
their backyard unable to walk.
“He was missing a lot of fur. He had a really bad flea
infestation. He was extremely thin to the point of being emaciated, and he also
had nails that had grown so long that they had curled over into several
spirals,” says Solveira.
A trip to the vet found Sergio was dehydrated, malnourished
and riddled with infections. Blood tests indicated long-term starvation and
X-rays of his feet showed that each of his toes were broken.
“It could’ve been from malnutrition or just from having the
nails in such bad shape,” said Solveira.
Though there were hopes for his recovery, Sergio was
euthanized due to the extreme medical issues.
Sergio was microchipped, which led authorities to Beatrice
Foust, who was arrested. She lives near where the dog was found.
Foust is facing misdemeanor charges. She was released on a
promise to appear in court on Oct. 23.
A man who answered the door at their home said he didn’t
know she was facing charges and that the dog recently went missing.
Solveira says the veterinarian told her that the dog had
been neglected for at least six months.