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Case ID: 18518
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011

County: Alameda

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Morenike O'Neal

An Oakland woman faces two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after a dog groomer found the woman's two elderly Schnauzers emaciated and covered with foxtails, authorities said.

"The dogs were in really bad shape when they came in," said Megan Webb, director of Oakland Animal Services. "But they've gotten a lot of medical and dental work. They're doing much better now."

Morenike O'Neal, 37, allegedly brought her 12-year-old male Schnauzers to a Hayward dog groomer in June with severely matted fur and foxtails embedded in the dogs' paws, genitals and throat, Webb said. In addition, the dogs' teeth were rotten and infected, she said.

The dog groomer alerted Hayward animal control officials, who called Oakland Animal Services, a division of the Oakland police force. Police launched an investigation and took custody of the dogs after the owner refused to pay for their medical care. Prosecutors filed charges on Friday.

O'Neal could not be reached for comment.

A volunteer group, Friends of Oakland Animal Services, paid for the dogs' veterinary and dental treatments. The dogs, each about 15 pounds, are now at the Oakland animal shelter awaiting adoption, Webb said.

"They've both recovered well and are doing great," she said.


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