SPRINGFIELD, OH (AP) – A southwest Ohio woman has been charged with animal cruelty for putting a sickly dog into a trash bag for collection.
The Springfield News-Sun reports 53-year-old Tracy Brown, of Springfield, appeared in court Friday and asked for a public defender.
Police say Brown called police last month and asked how to dispose of a dead dog, telling a dispatcher she’d put the dog’s body outside because it smelled.
Workers then picked up the trash bag containing a male boxer mix named Ledo. Police say workers opened the bag at a compost center and found Leo barely alive. A humane officer killed Ledo to alleviate his pain.
Brown told the newspaper she raised and loved Ledo but knew he was alive when she put him in the trash bag.